First release here from Capac, an inventive crew of electronics-users whose music slinks in a reverbed mist, sometimes rearing up with blasts of sound. Kate Smith’s vocals slither compellingly, recalling certain strains of Bjork at times. Sea Freeze complements its title nicely, yet humanity is still audibly present. On This Is Forever.
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Here’s a pop record that doesn’t know it’s a pop record. Nobody tell Capac; they’re doing fine. Full of a noble appreciation for build-ups, grandiose gestures and experimental music, the band have made something of an epic debut, creasing together a meditative backdrop with shades of ambient, distortion and fine beatwork. Ultimately, though, they end up getting bored of trying to sneak their way into our attention and start tugging at our sleeves, much in the way the wonderful ‘Vulnicurna’ did earlier this year: it’s full of abstract tricks that aren’t wasted, but are best when they’re snapped out of.
Capac do a lot of things: they can evoke synthlines that sound as ominous and crystal-fucked as those of Raica on ‘Dose’, and they can drop a beat into place with the force of a giant dropping their foot. They are also very good at drenching their music in reverb; this thing shimmers like it’s only just learned to walk on land. Ultimately, though, the band’s best work comes when Kate Smith’s vocals rise to the fore -- her dramatic singing opens up this record of tremors to open fields, the music widening in scope as she (sometimes wordlessly) intones.
It’s an inventive record, and it’s important that no particular performance becomes the focus of it when so many interesting things happen: a proper piece of guitar gloom pop interrupts the mysterious ether of the record’s first side, the guitars brooding slowly and then oscillating furiously. It’s a genuine surprise, and it happens because Capac are confident both in creating atmosphere and culling it for pop songs.
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