My Sad Captains - 'Best Of Times'
Group take the minimalist approach on third album
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
Record label: Bella Union
Release date: 10 Mar, 2014