The Old Capital is the debut album from Melbourne composers Claire Deak and Tony Dupé. The album is their first recorded collaboration, though Dupé has released two solo albums under the name Saddleback.
The duo describes themselves as a home orchestra well-suited for late night rambling. Much like traveling in the dark of night, the sound explorations found throughout The Old Capital come into view seemingly out of nowhere. Headstrong rhythms of shuffling organic debris and lumbering stomps help light the path with some brief success, only to be swallowed up by a slow moving fog of droning organs and dampened strings. However with the proper guides, finding ones footing in this shadowy landscape doesn't have to be difficult. Claire and Tony echo this sentiment throughout with a fine balance of both playful and haunting passages. Their confidence reassures us that once our eyes adjust to the dark, it need not be a frightening place.
A wide variety of acoustic instrumentation weave their way into the music, including: pianos, accordion, harp, harpsichord, pump organs, pipe organ, recorder, flute, trumpet, euphonium, clarinets, stroh violin, viola, wulf fidel, cello, double bass, guitar, charango, mandolin, baritone ukulele, banjo, xylophone, glockenspiel, gamelan, drums and voices.
Lost Tribe Sound feels incredibly lucky to have stumbled upon the duo's music because of a kind tip from the good folks at the Preserved Sound label. It makes perfect sense that Claire and Tony hail from Australia. This location has turned out many our favorite electroacoustic acts, known for cobbling genres together in ways that leave just enough of the roughhewn framework showing. Comparatively speaking, Brambles, Part Timer, and Thomas William Hill (aka Origamibiro) come to mind.
The Old Capital arrives with a glass mastered CD housed inside a quality hard cover book. Each edition contains 8 full color pages of artwork from photographer Kurt Sorensen, along with additional modified imagery from R. Keane. Mastered by Calyx. Limited to 100 editions.
released October 9, 2020
Originally released on Lost Tribe Sound. See Catalog: losttribesound.bandcamp.com
BEST MUSIC OF 2020: Staff Picks - (Amy X. Wang, Senior Music Business Editor) ROLLING STONE
BEST AMBIENT OF 2020: Honorable Mention - POST AMBIENT LUX
BEST OF 2020 - "There is this raw honesty that comes across in the pieces that at times reveals a vulnerability and fragility and at others this full orchestral flourish. There is also an Australian feeling the sound which touches on the countries affinity to folk music be it avant-garde or traditional, in a similar fashion to that of a band like The Dirty Three can only come from those shores." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING
QUIET SPACE TOP 100 COUNTDOWN - BEST OF 2020 - PIMPOD
2020 IN REVIEW: ELECTROACOUSTIC & EXPERIMENTAL FOLK - "the old capital is a quietly stunning debut and full of the kind of rustic charm that makes for fine company in the still hours of the evening." - STATIONARY TRAVELS
BEST OF 2020 - "The mysterious inde/folk/postrock creations of Saddleback grown up and augmented with the widescreen arrangement & composition skills of Claire Deak. Not to be missed!" - (Peter Hollo) UTILITY FOG
"This is an intimate and yet expansive multi-instrumental recording, and sometimes it’s hard to believe that it’s evoked by only four hands of these Australian composers." - HEADPHONE COMMUTE
ALBUM OF THE WEEK - 'The Old Capital' constitutes the combination of two uncommon creative sensibilities and both extremely multifaceted, light years away from neoclassical mannerism and environmental homologations. Not to be missed." (translated from Italian) - MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU
"Deak and Dupé are astonishingly skilled composers and arrangers, piecing together intricate, dusty instrumental tableaux that become more mesmerizing and moving the more time you invest in them. Focus in and marvel at the grain of each layer, or step back and admire the elegance of the whole." - (Tim Clarke) DUSTED MAGAZINE
"Each track yields its own tone and conjures its own associations, but the whole holds together surprisingly well. Lost Tribe Sound’s hardback book package is another bonus, lending the release an air of the pristine." - (Richard Allen) A CLOSER LISTEN
"an organic, brightly coloured collection of acoustic think pieces. Not experiments; these are more fully formed than that. But sufficiently open to the listener’s interpretation as to be both a reflection of the artists and their audience." (Kevin Press) THE MODERNS
"Each stage draws a peculiar horizon welcoming different instances, which cross post-rock moods and neoclassical resonances, jazz echoes and folk textures, fused together to generate an enveloping sound universe, regenerating breeze in a vast sea of indifferent uniformity." - (translated from Italian) SOWHAT
"Although this is richly detailed, the two know how to forge a subdued whole. They make good use of the silences, but also add beautiful accents to their music at the right moments" - (translated from Dutch) (JW Broek) DE SUBJECTIVISEN
Total run time: 33 minutes
Written, performed and produced by Claire Deak & Tony Dupé
Mastered by Calyx
Cover art by Kurt Sorensen (www.kurtsorensen.com
Layout and design by R. Keane
© Claire Deak / Tony Dupé / Lost Tribe Sound LLC
℗ Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP/APRA)