THIS BAND ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO SHOUT ABOUT. They’re called Capitals (you can see what I did there), they’re a duo from Edinburgh that features an ex-member of The Cinematics, and a man who’s previously made music under the banner of Araya. Both of these were excellent – I was devastated when the former split, let’s just make sure we’re clear on that – but I haven’t been keeping tabs on new projects, so it was with great joy that I discovered that Angus Carbarns and Keir Macculloch have teamed up to produce intense, brooding electronic music with pop sensibilities.
They have a single out on March 12th. It’s a double A-side; both of these songs are good enough to be the lead song on a single or EP, so no wonder they couldn’t decide which would lead and which would follow. It’s a tough call to make, saying which of these songs I prefer, but it’s the one on the flip, Sinking Ships, that has grabbed me the most, sounding like a hybrid of Radiohead (the beat could have been lifted straight from The King of Limbs) and Midas Fall (plenty of atmosphere with a little more punch thrown in); more importantly, it’s awesome. On the other side is Jealousy, a song with a chorus that has no right to sound as big as it does: it’s seriously unexpected, and it’s quite eye-opening too. While songs with lyrics as intense as what crops up on these two tracks don’t exactly scream accessibility, the pair’s way with melody does exactly that. There’s going to be a lot said about Capitals in the coming months – don’t miss them.