Tag Archives: Captured Tracks

Matteo Vallicelli-Primo

Matteo Vallicelli’s debut album is titled Primo and the music definitely has a retro Industrial feel to it. The artist might be best known for being the drummer for The Soft Moon and Death Index but here the music is mostly synthesizer based. The tracks have a dark edge to them and remind me a […]

Wild Nothing – Life of Pause

Jack Tatum’s long-awaited third full length as Wild Nothing is finally here. On Life of Pause, there’s an expanded palette of sounds, but the music stays true to his signature retro inspired, detail oriented dream pop sound. Yet, this time he draws influence from 70’s singer-songwriter style that has been explored recently by artists like […]

DIIV – Is The Is Are

Is The Is Are is the long-awaited sophomore album from Brooklyn band DIIV. Not much of a change in sound from the first album but a few tracks feature rapid-fire, spoken word style vocals. The album sounds great with shimmering guitars and energetic drums. A very long album but full of good songs, especially early […]

Debut from artist Pale Blue is titled The Past We Leave Behind. The music is Dance based with elements of Minimal Techno, Pop Dance, and Techno House. The album’s not bad and is upbeat, dance floor friendly but it’s a little bland and the vocals are a little cheesy. Tracks: 3,6,8,9,12

Craft Spells – Nausea

Nausea is the sophomore album from Craft Spells, the project of Justin Vallesteros. The music on here is a laid-back mix of dream pop and psychedelic rock with guitars, keyboards and strings. This album is more analog and less electronic than their debut Idle Labor, and has less of an 80’s sound. First single and […]

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Mac DeMarco, the easy-going Montreal songwriter who’s the sole inventor of the “jizz-jazz” genre, has returned with a wonderful new LP, the breezy Salad Days. Never has nonchalance sounded so appealing. Though just as airy and carefree as his last record 2, Salad Days is the mark of a tired man who’s newfound success has […]

Juan Wauters – North American Poetry

A longtime member of Brooklyn favorites The Beets, Juan Wauters is no stranger to hooks. On his debut solo record for Captured Tracks, Wauters melancholically croons about his thoughts, his friends, and the nature of human relationships. Though most of the tracks shine the spotlight on Wauters and his finger picking, he is occasionally joined by […]


Sonic landscapes, haunting harmonies, delicate guitar layers. Dark & dreamy with reverb female vocals. PLAY : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 RIYL: MAZZY STAR, BLOUSE, SEAPONY

Heavenly Beat – Prominence

Heavenly Beat is the solo project of John Pena, former bassist from Beach Fossils. Dream pop with disco influences. Funky acoustic guitars, electronic drums, synths and mellow vocals. Very chill and pleasant album to listen to that fans of other Captured Tracks artists will like. My only complaint about this album is the lack of […]


Shoegaze, Dream-pop: The critically lauded BLOUSE, the 2011 debut from the Portland band of the same name was a lush, melodic and dreamy affair spiked with whoozy synths and delicate vocals. For Imperium, their 2nd LP for Captured Tracks, Blouse have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into […]


Swedish band 2nd album. Snarling urgent post-punk guitars, relentless drumming, vocal yelps. Youthful and energetic with anthemic choruses. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 RIYL: ICE AGE, NO AGE, METZ


Ghost Wave’s sound sits perfectly between the Flying Nun bands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee “Scratch” Perry. New Zealand guitar-pop with free-fall solos, driven basslines, hazy summer jams and jangly guitars. PLAY: 2, 4, 5, 6, 10 RIYL: THE WAR ON DRUGS, SPOON, SLOAN

Medicine – To The Happy Few

Medicine was a shoegaze band who recorded three albums in the early 90’s before breaking up. They reformed in 2012 after Captured Tracks reissued their first two albums. To The Happy Few is their first album since getting back together. The music on here is a mix of My Bloody Valentine-style shoegaze and psychedelic rock […]

minks – “tide’s end”

Minks traded in shoegazey, wall of sound & murky, reverbed production for sparkling synth-heavy pop on their 2nd album. The resulting Tides End follows a trajectory similar to Captured Tracks label mate Wild Nothing‘s Empty Estate EP, trading vaporous guitars and indiscernible words for the bright, perky lines of new synthesizers and more defined song […]

Soft Metals-Lenses

The latest from Soft Metals is titled Lenses. The music has a dreamy Dark Synth sound similar to early Austra or Lady Frnd. There are hints of early synth sounds here as well with Klaus Schulze and Chris Carter influencing the band’s sound. The result is a sound that is sharp yet ethereal, mysterious and […]

Wild Nothing – “empty estate”

Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing project: “Ocean Repeating (Big Eyed Girl)” is full of handclaps, synth melodies & stuttering rhythms.  “Data World” evokes The War On Drugs song “Baby Missiles”, but with low-end post-punk bass & beats.  Never Better staple jam “A Dancing Shell” is simultaneously shoegazey & dance-floor ready. More beat-heavy than previously. play: 1, […]