Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dark Captain Light Captain

Dark Captain Light Captain sounds like a melancholy sunset. Like summer unwillingly coming to a close. Like a star that knows it is seconds away from exploding, but wants to exist a few moments more. They are a newly formed six-piece out of London who create sweet, harmonious psychedelic folk with whispery vocals, soft acoustic guitars, and subtle electronic elements.

Their Circles EP made its way into my regular rotation with ease, and it is but a taster for the band's forthcoming full-length album "Miracle Kicker," out on Lo Recordings this fall. With good representation and a beautifully understated sound, I think these guys have a bright future.

Drowned in Sound and Milk Factory have more, and Bearded Mag says:

"They have a solid understanding of instrumentation and texture, which is evident in ‘Robot Command Centre’ - a finely executed fusion of processed beats, bleeps and white noise with a healthy ensemble of Nick Drake-esque finger picked guitars, smooth brass and proper nice vocal harmonies complimenting the mix to a sickeningly sweet standard.

To praise further, the production on here is exceptional. Take for example ‘They Be Underwater’, a relevantly titled little ditty, with stream-like ethereal effects at the start and reversed samples towards the end building the soundscape with excitement and intrigue until BANG… the track is over with an abrupt gunshot."