Over the next two weeks we'll be highlighting the incredible live sessions featured on Simon Raymonde's Amazing Radio show. Former Cocteau Twin, head of indie label Bella Union and Amazing Radio presenter, Simon has invited some of the best new artists to his studio to play live. Amongst them are Manchester's newest stars M O N E Y, grandiose songstress Jesca Hoop and today's feature My Sad Captains.
Here at Amazing Towers in Newcastle we're feeling decidedly glum. It's late July and whilst the rest of the UK basks in a late bout of summer sunshine, in the North-East the sky is the same shade of battleship grey that it's been for as long as anyone can remember. Thankfully we know the remedy for our perpetual gloom...and they're called My Sad Captains.
If it's possible to have a genuine 'band crush' then we've been infatuated with My Sad Captains since they uploaded a few of their beautifully understated, folk-tinged indie pop tunes to amazingtunes.com last year. With plodding bass-lines, steady beats and a certain undefinable, perhaps ethereal quality, their music surrounds you like a blanket and warms your insides like a comforting mug of hot chocolate. Their sophomore album Fight Less, Win More is wonderfully subtle, each song evolving slowly, building into powerful soundscapes. Comparisons could easily be drawn with Death Cab For Cutie, Matt Pond or perhaps Explosions in the Sky without the post-rock.
This is a band in no rush to reach that killer pop hook, preferring instead to tease the listener with the gradually building atmosphere on Best of Times or the gentle synth blips that weave in and out of one another on The Homefront Pt.II. Then there's those vocals. Soft, drawling and at times other-worldly, Ed Wallis' lyricism is intense and uplifting in equal measure. We're more than a little smitten here at amazing and so is Simon Raymonde. So much so that he invited the London-based four piece down to his personal studio for an exclusive live session.
The band recorded five tracks for The Amazing Sessions including two tracks from their most recent album, The Homefront Pt.II and Resolutions, along with a track from their 2009 debut, You Talk All Night and two brand, spanking new tracks The Best of Times and In Time. Don't say we don't treat you.
The Homefront Pt.II is available to download for free on amazingtunes.com and the album Fight Less, Win More is out now on Stolen Records.