Space Captain - Two (Digital Single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)
Space Captain - Two
(Digital Single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD154, 2015-12-04
01. Two 05:16
02. Two (Instrumental) 05:16
03. Two (Acapella) 05:16
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Press Release :
“Two” is the first taste of brand new material from Space Captain on Tru Thoughts, and it marks the dawn of a fresh phase for the Brooklyn band. Lifted from their forthcoming EP (due early 2016) for a standalone single release on 4th December, “Two” is an attention-grabbing and immersive song-within-a-song that charms and reels and shifts and swells like a gathering storm. An upfront free download of “Two” will launch the track to fans in late October.
In a period of open-minded experimentation that has seen them developing their sound via live shows and studio jams, Space Captain have alighted on a beautifully bold and progressive fusion of R&B and psychedelic rock with tentacles spinning out into soul, hip hop, electronica and noise. With singer/lyricist Maralisa Simmons-Cook exploring darker and more personal subjects, “Two” brings a commentary on materialism, city dwelling and anxiety while the band’s deepening connection is evident in a visceral, three-dimensional reflection of the themes. Bearing the hallmarks of the a cappella harmony groups of her teens, Simmons-Cook’s elastic, expressive vocals intertwine with equally arresting production from her band co-founder Alex Pyle. A catchy, languid R&B ballad is tantalisingly twisted by the glimmering tang of guitar, swirling harmonics and muscular drums, to bloom into a psychedelic indie-rock wig-out.
Space Captain joined the Tru Thoughts roster earlier this year amid a buzz which had already seen them supported across the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle and Revive Music. On the double A-side “Easier”/“Remedy” – July’s reissue of two acclaimed early tracks – their mix of ‘90s-leaning R&B production and jazz composition found a wider audience, with notably heavy play from new music guru John Kennedy on his XFM (now Radio X) X-posure show, and Don Letts (BBC 6Music). These fresh, early visions of the Space Captain sound left no doubt as to the band’s talent and potential, while only hinting at the huge artistic strides they would make on their new material.
Building on the initial groundswell, the band have been busy with regular live dates in New York spots like Rockwood Music Hall and Arlene's Grocery (shows that have been bubbling with audio-visual ideas, including bringing TVs onstage, as the group’s loose and interactive approach to creativity continues to blossom) as well as recently playing their second Sofar Sounds gig and joining bills alongside the likes of BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah.
Maralisa Simmons-Cook and Alex Pyle met at New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Sharing piano lessons and soul and hip hop recommendations, the pair first collaborated when Alex asked Maralisa to sing on his tracks, and they soon decided to start a new project to fuse their complementary musical backgrounds. Originally from outside of Philadelphia, producer and guitarist Alex had grown up listening to and making music inspired by the golden age of 90s production (D’Angelo, Madlib). Meanwhile, over in California’s Marin County, Maralisa was listening to soul and blues records (Amy Winehouse, Taj Mahal, Nina Simone), writing melodies, singing in an a cappella group and making trips to New Orleans for family holidays at Jazz Fest.
As the pair delved deeper into the business of developing their sound, more live aspects took shape and new members joined, resulting in the compelling ensemble you hear today. Completing the line-up are Alex’s childhood friends Gray Hall (production/guitar) and Mike Haldeman (guitar), and New School members Joey Ziegler (drums), Joy Morales (keyboard) and Lessie Vonner (trumpet).