London-based quartet MY SAD CAPTAINS release a new EP into the World today, titled ‘Extra Curricular’. The EP features a brand new version of the track which appeared on last year’s album ‘Best of Times’. Produced and mixed by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins), its whipsmart and well-turned out, an ambient pop song full of sideways sonic glances and melodic detours.
Check out the rather beautiful video for the title track below…
The video was filmed by the band’s Dan Davis and Nick Goss on location at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, home of the famed Lipizzaner Horses. It features a dancing white stallion in the palatial surrounds of the school’s main arena. The video contrasts the song’s notions of habit and endurance with images of a completely alternative type of kinship. A strange, archaic relationship between the horse and the rider and the groom.
The EP also features new songs plus a fresh recording of Keeping On, Keeping On, a song whose pulsing electronica on record took flight as the band developed it on tour last year
Extra Curricular is available now on iTunes
“They have finally found their true sound… It’s more than worth taking the journey.”
“A hazy, summery feel shimmers across the record’s nine tracks, evoking thoughts of label mates Beach House.”
“What My Sad Captains do, they do beautifully.”
“This sense of ease with their sound is reflected in the elegant drift of new single, Goodbye, which features touches of both 80s indie and the sun-kissed feel of 60s MOR.”
“Like the cliché of the quiet person at the party, it’s more complicated than it appears, with nine songs featuring a graceful mix of musical textures… keening pulses of synth and sputtering waves of digital noise paired with judicious acoustic and slippery electric guitars and propulsive motorik beats.”
Drowned in Sound
“In Best of Times they have concocted something markedly ambitious and serenely detailed; something comfortingly familiar yet flourished with snippets of the avant-garde. It’s great in other words.”
“Best of Times is impeccably crafted… The album’s sound is rich as burnished mahogany, well-balanced by steady rhythms, a clearly present but never overbearing low end, and clean and nimble guitars.”
The Line Of Best Fit
“My Sad Captains should be massive… Matching the sublimely poetic with the grimly ordinary, Best of Times makes for repeated listen, with each dip into their waters seeming to reveal something new, something different.”
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