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My Sad Captains - 'Best Of Times'

Group take the minimalist approach on third album

My Sad Captains - 'Best Of Times'

Album Info

  • Release Date: March 10, 2014
  • 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]I wonder why you feel the need to talk so loud[/i]” 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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