There’s a well-liked notion growing in 2021 that almost all new music popping out goes to be exceptionally quick in size of time, a technique designed to not solely cater to society’s forever-dwindling consideration span but in addition mindfully pile up the play counts on streaming platforms like Spotify. Lil Nas X’s new hit “Montero (Name Me By Your Title)” clocks in at a speedy 2:18, and our favourite latest remix (a remix!), Madeaux’s “Hyperloop Combine” of Class Actress’ “Darkish Dopamine Ceremony”, wraps up by a somewhat astounding 2:31.
That needs to be sufficient to clarify the mindset of The Eye Captain, a brand new Boston progressive space-pop challenge led by songwriter Phil Aiken, who in the present day (April 2) introduce themselves by the use of a six-minute odyssey single known as “Vanessa,” to be finally adopted a 40-minute narrative opus titled “Jane and Milo within the Afterglow.” Here’s a band able to earn these streaming numbers.
“Clearly The Eye Captain is a crass try of cashing in on the recent fashionable pop pattern of getting lengthy thematic items with prolonged instrumental bits performed by a bunch of center aged folks,” Aiken tells Vanyaland. “It says one thing in regards to the challenge that what we picked as our quick and catchy debut single clocks in at over six minutes.”
“Vanessa,” nonetheless, does serve for instance the challenge in all its grand, formidable songwriting and storytelling kind. Its core members naturally first got here collectively after a Pink Floyd tribute present in Cambridge a couple of years again, after which Aiken and collaborator Ken Rothman enlisted a Boston all-star roster of skills. Taking form as The Eye Captain are a handful of Boston music scene familiars in Dave Mirabella, Andrew Jones, and Eric Donohue; with contributions from Chris Cote, Jen Kearney, Scott Janovitz, Dave Lieb, and Chuck Ferreira.
“[I’ve been] enjoying primarily roots rock piano and organ in most endeavors, and having simply had a grand outdated time being immersed in analog synthesizers for a number of weeks, I needed to do one thing the place I may convey that in,” Aiken says. “And I believe the opposite guys additionally simply needed to do one thing completely different from our collective traditional fare. We additionally needed to briefly eschew any tasteful restraint we’ve developed over time. We gleefully embraced, hopefully with a perceptible nod and a wink, any type of bombast and extra that occurred to us. Have a 10-second horn interlude come out of nowhere? Positive. Have a 40-minute considerably obscure idea suite with among the greatest singers on the town doing lead vocals? Positive. Let the guitar solo maintain going the place we would fade it out in one other band? In fact. However we by no means let it flip into Jazz Odyssey. We’re extra on the Stonehenge degree of indulgence.”
Provides Rothman: “I genuinely get pleasure from enjoying indie rock in my different tasks however these things feels nearer to the traditional rock DNA in my physique. I really feel like I’ve to translate that into completely different kinds elsewhere, and that’s an fascinating problem, however for this challenge it feels extra pure. We’ve tried to interrupt the principles of indie rock to make some indie rock”
The prog and area rock stylings of “Vanessa” set a pleasant tone for what’s forward, weaving its storyline — “Vanessa doesn’t know what she’s executed and we’re not about to inform her,” says Rothman. “Sing alongside regardless.” — alongside a sonic arc that connects ’60s psych-pop, ’70s prog, and the swirling colours of ’90s Cool Britannia that skillfully borrowed a lot from these first two references. It’s grand-scale psychedelic rock, and the music is aided by its visible part, produced by Shake & Howdy, Inc., that rides shotgun with the titular character and she or he travels by The Eye Captain’s unusual new world.
“Regardless that ‘Vanessa’ is considerably atmospheric, at its nucleus it’s actually only a pop tune and would work musically considerably uptempo,” Aiken says. “I used to be picturing although, the heroine rising from some type of unconscious state, disoriented, not realizing how or why she wound up the place she was, and looking for her bearings with a haunting sense of getting been concerned in one thing that had gone horribly improper.”
Now that seems like one thing match for 2021, no matter run time. Watch “Vanessa” under, and score it on Bandcamp.