Captain Shrugs is an artist from Italy who recently released Boredom City. The EP is lo-fi, raw and melds elements of garage rock, psychedelia and a couple of more like-minded genres. According to the artist Boredom City is the first chapter for the artist.
The first song is entitled “Spooky Parking Garage.” You are greeted with a dirty, sounding drum beat. I liked the aesthetics here. At first I was actually reminded of the artist Burial but as the song progressed I realized this felt more like Comets on Fire. There is this ’70s classic rock feel and the distorted guitar feels like it’s overflowing from the song. I barely even noticed the vocals which are far and between. The vocals are very buried in the mix and I couldn’t make out a word. That being said I loved the chaos of the song.
“Failed Architect” felt a little more garage rock inspired. The song is around two minutes long. I did really enjoy the melodies that came from the guitar which seemed memorable after hearing them for the first time. The vocals are again super buried but it works for the song.
“Nouvelle Vague Chicks” had a late ’60s vibe mixed with some shoegaze. There are some pads that go against the guitars which work really well. “There Is No One” is a little more hefty of a song, going to around the four-minute mark. The song is cleaner and perhaps the most shoegaze sounding song in the batch. The last song “Nuns Bones” is a slow burn and had the most melancholy and pensive feeling.
My only critique is that I wanted a couple more transitions and changes on the shorter songs. He starts off great but I felt that he could have expanded on some of his ideas here.
I would say this is a great start for a number of reasons. He definitely has a signature sound which I felt after listening to the songs sequentially. It felt cohesive and seamless which is a quality I always look for. He also can write a memorable melody that sticks with you long after the song played.
Overall, this is a good EP from a talented musician who has a lot of potential. I look forward to hearing more. Recommended.
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