Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s first album in four years, ‘Young Adult’ is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.
With the immediate release of two brand new singles, ‘Adults’ and ‘Always’, and the promise of live appearances to come, Sam Duckworth and his cape-crusading nom-de-plume is back.
Though sonically worlds-apart, both tracks are wrapped-up in the thoughtful lyricism and cerebral arrangements that hallmark the many treasures of Get Cape Wear Cape’s rich and varied trove.
Speaking about the first of two new tracks Duckworth says:
“Adults came from a friend of mine who has young children. I think one of the things you discover growing up is that there are far few “adults” than you think. As a child asks where are all the adults, us young adults often feel the same but are expected to find stability in a world where the rug is being swept from under our feet. It’s a song about reading analysis of social change but feeling that there is a disconnect between the analysis and the outcome of the analysis. Are we all backseat drivers? Who will take the wheel? Surely that’s a job for the adults…
Whereas offering an insight into the creative environment that birthed ‘Always’ – a track recorded with original Jungle / Drum’n’Bass supremo Shy FX, he adds:
“Always was written at the start of the year, as part of a series of sessions for Shy FX album. It was a magical session, with a revolving door policy. It was very creative and all artists had room to bring their unique styles to a common environment. The song is about the increasing isolation and anxiety felt when a significant moment in your life changes your whole perspective. Be it in childhood or adulthood, we have all had sea change moments where things don’t look or feel the same. This manifests in all of us differently, but sometimes the spiral of neglect is difficult to break. It’s a song in solidarity with those who have had their world shaken by negative incidents that will forever be used as psychological barometers for instinctual feelings.”
‘Adults’ and ‘Always’ are the first spoils to be released from the forthcoming Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. album ‘Young Adult’.
In feeling a reawakened urge to go back to his basic instincts and make, record and release music upon natural, intuitive feelings of compulsion and spontaneity we find the roots of ‘Young Adult’.
Leaving London to return to Essex, Duckworth looked to swap the noise of the capital for breathing space, expression and time playing with fellow live musicians once again. Building a new studio of his own in his hometown of Southend, he set about creating a hub with enough room and scope to let his imagination run wild, whilst providing a set-up that would cater for productions still sonically taut and punchy. “It feels good to be entering a new chapter in a new studio.” says Duckworth.
“It’s nice to be home in Essex but it’s very nice to have found a new home creatively. This feels like the first of many here, which is very exciting.”
‘Young Adult’ is a collection of 10 all-new and original songs – each fresh and unique sounding in their own way, rippling with ideas and a sense of newfound wonder. It’s honest, open, finger-picked songs with a one foot in the rave and the other in the 70s. There’s forlorn folk wanderings and erudite electronica journeyings. Unusual turns of phrase married to unexpected key changes. Experimental, but ultimately always engageable. Open and observational. ‘Young Adult’ is Get Cape back to his very best. It’s good to have him back.