From North and South Carolina, Surf Cavalier merges a few different genres to create something distinctive. They take a little bit of folk music and smash together with numerous rock subgenres. There's a little bit of surf rock and psychedelic rock and the surface but you'll hear other elements too. Recently Surf Cavalier dropped a new EP called Rockuluvu and that EP showcases what they do well.
Surf Cavalier does a lot well with their sound on this EP. The vocals aren't always where they need to be from a production or performance standpoint, but when they're working, they're great. The guitar work throughout the album is also great. There's a little bit of personality in the playing and the guitar really drives all the good parts of the songs. The songs can also be great, songs like "Knothing Knew" and "Rockuluvu" bring something special to the table. The lyrics are solid, and the simplified instrumentation paired with the production here works.
As for what doesn't work here... Surf Cavalier runs into the same problems that all indie bands who try and play psychedelic music are into. When you're on an independent budget you can't make big sweeping sounds that define the original psychedelic sounds, it's like watching a movie meant for iMAX on a 4x3 ratio TV from 1994, it's not meant for that. There's something to be said for not over-complicating a sound that works, and that's the problem that Surf Cavalier runs into a bit on this EP. You can hear all of these awesome influences and all of these great ideas, but they're all muddled together. It's not a complete hindrance to a good EP, but it's still an issue that's here.
There are a lot of great elements to Surf Cavalier's music. Especially when they're keeping it simple. If you're looking to listen to something completely new and untapped, this is a great place to start but maybe listen to "Knothing Knew", "Rockuluvu" and "Freedom is Now" before diving into the two more abstract songs.