Captain Apples Gig Review – Open Studio

Captain Apples

Captain Apples
17th February 2013, Open Studio, Melbourne

Upon multiple listens of Captain Apples prior to this long-awaited gig, this collective of six very talented and passionate musicians did not disappoint. In fact, they transcend all expectation and have solidified any reservations for their inevitable success. The combined instruments with interchangeable players of a twelve string guitar, six string, banjo, piano, piano accordion, contrabass (double bass) and percussion, produces a very warm, yet full sound. What was most prominent was the perfect vocal harmony between frontmen Iain Isdale and Richard Wise, who in unison, created a cradlesong for adults and children alike.

With lyrics like “I wish to wash away your fears, I wrote a thousand lulabyes” and “dismounting the high horse, I drown in your kiss”, their music does nothing less of incite feelings of great love and everlasting waltzing. Said waltzing certainly took place by the end of a humid Melbourne evening in the dim red glow of Open Studio, Northcote.

Perhaps, the most standout song was “Lights Of Dover” – with beautiful poetry entwined with a structure that truly exemplifies Valse Nouveau. The gentle and simultaneously prominent three piece drum kit creating a strong body of sound to complement the strings in this song.

The general feel of Captain Apples’ songs remains in the range of andante and allegretto, befitting to the overall demeanor of the band’s distinct sound.

In another time, you could find Captain Apples in nineteenth century Parisian love letters.

Sounds like: Kings of Convenience, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes
If you like this you might like: Taxidermy Hall – “Gambler”
Bottom line: Superb.
www.soundcloud.com/cpt-apples

2 Comments

  1. March 8, 2013 at 14:19

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