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“Can’t get these songs out of my head. Don’t want to either”
“Epic, anthemic, a journey!” Hubrist
ESPIN, his eponymous debut album, was a life-time and a year in the making. His style of song writing is personal but universal, disarmingly honest but rich with emotion and wit. It is a determined but delicate mix of melancholy, bravery, vulnerable hope and humour.
Unwilling and unable to restrain himself, genre jumping is Espin’s favorite sport with a rich spectrum of kitsch Casio Beats, synths, saxophone solos, piano pop, guitars, and gentle but glorious melodies that lodge themselves in your brain, reluctant to leave.
Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Ed Bentley at Bakermoon studios
Mastered by Kai Blankenberg at Skyline Tonfabrik: 2018
Album review by Leo B.
It is easy to imagine Captain Espin in a recording studio on a space station high above Berlin, brandishing his sonic palette and creating his meisterwerk. Maybe a splash of saxophone here, dab of guitar solo there, boiling kettle here…and a triangle should definitely go after that bit. The ethereal opener ‘In Orbit’- all minor to major (Tom) chords and falsetto vocals- has a yearning quality that sets the tone for the rest of the album. However, no two songs are the same, but rich with various textures of brass, keyboards and driving rhythms that push it along. ‘So Called Impossible’ is a slow disco groove, ‘Come Around’ is a twinkly gem gently bubbling under.
This is a heartfelt, grown up album on themes of travel, love, loss and useful inventions (as with ‘Good Idea’ a reggae bounce-along that is totally danceable). International warning ‘Don’t Get Lost in the World’ is sparkly yet insistent with some lovely vocals from Laura Weiss .‘Ordinary Man’ is the standout ballad, stripped down to the bare bones, that goes deep, as does the haunting ‘Try Not To Think So Much’. ‘You Never Have To Learn How To Love’- is powerfully uplifting with a Killers-style chorus. Just before things get too heavy ‘What Else’, kicks in- an absurdly upbeat Kinks-style summer ditty, complete with honky tonk piano. It ends on ‘Symphony’ which builds up to a glorious crescendo that you want to go on for ever, before it brings you floating back down to earth.