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Kapsel (UK)

Kapsel (UK)

Kapsel (UK)


Kapsel was born out of the demise of Autone; a group with more electronic leanings, whose founding members were Luke Wells, Paul James and Ross James. Initially starting as a studio-based production trio in the spring of 2000, Autone self-released several EPs through to 2005 and the project grew to include live performance, utilising the talents of former members Chris Robinson and Ian Cornford. After R. James emmigrated, Kapsel was formed and thus began the writing partnership of Wells and P. Read more on Last.fm
Kapsel was born out of the demise of Autone; a group with more electronic leanings, whose founding members were Luke Wells, Paul James and Ross James. Initially starting as a studio-based production trio in the spring of 2000, Autone self-released several EPs through to 2005 and the project grew to include live performance, utilising the talents of former members Chris Robinson and Ian Cornford. After R. James emmigrated, Kapsel was formed and thus began the writing partnership of Wells and P.

James. With a love for the obscure and textured approach to instrumental music, work started on new material but with a bigger impact in mind. Still incorporating the electronic elements of before but with the added clout of live drums, guitar and other instrumentation all with the intent of eventually being able to perform the new tracks as a live band. They just had to find the other members...

They used Dave Baker for the drum tracks and released their eponymous debut in Dec'06; a piece comprising themes of drowning introspection and pensive euphoria, it paved the way for the Kapsel to come, that is-the live band proper. With a scattering of local gigs lined up and the pressure to put a set together, Wells and James got Baker on board and in Si McCarthy they found a bassist. As fellow bandmembers in "Vallenbrosa", Baker and McCarthy had their own commitments to uphold but for the next two years, Kapsel rehearsed and focused on the importance of improvisation and the chemistry within an extended jam: the freedom to explore and wig out was productive. As a live unit they performed more local gigs and had several support slots in and around London but there was still an element missing. Visuals, as a backdrop to a band's live performance is nothing revalatory but when Wells started creating the visual accompaniment for the gigs, (he had designed all the artwork for the cds thus far) it cemented everything togtether. Drawing influences from Japanese art-house cinema, early 20th-Century movie classics and encompassing self-produced elements within the visuals, the Kapsel live show is now a profound audio/visual experience.

The Kapsel sound could be described as 'cinematic soundtacking', 'post rock' or 'fusion'-all suitably ambiguous but there is always a progressive hook to hang on to. The wide ranging musical tastes of the band do inevitably distill themselves into the mix; Wells' and James' love for the recordings of the 50's, 60's and 70's (production values and musicality) shows in the honesty and transparency of the recordings. As does the music not in music-the sounds that surround. The driving rock-borne rythym section of Baker and McCarthy is a just salute to their preferences but the multi-intrumentalism of each member is testament to the 'open' approach of everybody's creativity.

Experimentation is key. Their new E.P with two tracks 'Whore's Frost and 'King Kong' was recorded with Kev Smith at the Foundry Studios in Drayton and comes with a dvd specially produced for 'Whore's Frost'. Designed and hand made by Luke Wells it is now available to purchase from the Kapsel shop. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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