It’s not very often that i find a Shoegazing masterpiece hiding in the rough and ready world of Twitterville, but when i do i tend to get really, really excited! Brighton’s own, Ben Pierce, AKA ‘I Am Your Captain’, has released what is, in my opinion, a modern day Shoegazing gem! The ‘Air Formation’ bass player announced the epic ‘As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops’ to the masses on May 1st this year and i can safely say without question that I adore it. This EP is like a snapshot in time! And a slice of Shoegazing goodness that soothe’s the soul and mind.
The EP opens up with the brilliant ‘Sharp Intake Of Breath’. A sonically sound, well balanced track which harks back to early 90’s stalwarts such as MBV and The Telescopes. There’s a subtle hint of American Shoegazers, Swirlies in there too for good measure too. Overall, it’s a brilliant Shoegazing track.
Track 2, ‘As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops’ is by far my favourite track on the EP. Its a brilliantly structured, well written, dreamy wall of sound with a menacing undertone! Layers of guitars help nurture Ben Pierces haunting vocal as it cuts through the wall of sound with aplomb! As a fan of Shoegaze in all its many guises, this is a gazing gem!
Track 3, ‘A Frightful Longing’ is a slow burning sonic delight. Musically reminiscent of Mazzy Star or very early ( Verve EP ) Verve, this track tames the soul and takes this listener to a quiet, calm and fuzzy place where I can think about what I’m hearing! It’s a very welcome change to the modern day Shoegaze/Noise Rock philosophy of layering walls of sound for 4/5 tracks and never slowing down! Again, i recommend that you sit down and put on headphones to listen to it. A truly stunning track!
The last track on this epic EP is ‘Don’t Slip Away’. A beautiful track from start to finish and a great ending to a brilliant EP. This track is immersive! It takes you by the hand and walks you through its many layers of sound and leaves you floating in a fuzzy space! Its a testament to Ben and his sonic vision.
I’ve been listening a lot to this EP on headphones and I’m hearing new sounds with every single listen. Its a very rare thing to find a bunch of tracks that are so alike and yet so different. Each one takes you in a different direction emotionally and to me that’s what gazing should be about! Do yourselves a favour and check out this EP for yourselves. If your a fan of Fuzzy, Lo-Fi , Shoegaze with meaning, like i am, you’ll love it.
Del Chaney – Primal Radio – The Quiet Room – Dublin July 2014.