My Sad Captains - 'Best Of Times'

Group take the minimalist approach on third album

  • Release Date 10 Mar, 2014
  • Record Label Bella Union
6 / 10
For their third record, My Sad Captains opt for a less-is-more approach, with vocals murmured and placed underneath the surface of their breathy, spatial late-evening pop. As such, 'Best Of Times'' instrumental sections resonate strongest, like on the repetition-heavy, ‘All Times Into One’ and seven-minute 'In Time,' their delicate, vine-like growth supported by a rigid beat. The London four-piece have never had trouble creating pretty atmospheres though; it’s contrasting them with a bolder hook, lyrical or otherwise, where they struggle. When singer Ed Wallis questions “I wonder why you feel the need to talk so loud” on ‘Wide Open’, you find yourself wishing for slightly more volume, even whilst admiring their serenity in our ever-accelerating world.

Simon Jay Catling

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