This Just In: Captain Of None

I first heard about Colleen’s The Golden Morning Breaks on some random music blog that probably disappeared years ago. It was unlike a lot of things I’d been listening to at the time and I wanted to get a copy to bolster my then-recent infatuation with experimental sounds. I went down to the local record store, approached the counter (with the confidence of knowing I was looking for something ‘weird’), and asked for the title. The clerk was snarky as hell (surprise!), pointed randomly toward, I swear, the corner of the ceiling, and said “the breakbeats are over there.” He didn’t even look at me or listen to what I was asking for!!! Little did he know how great it was. Oh well.

So now, 10 years later, not only do I get to stock Colleen’s new album, Captain Of None, in this record shop, I also get to tell you all about it! No, it’s not breakbeats, but maybe a little dubby at points (reverb-wise). It’s also lots of (specialized) strings, vocals, percussison and atmospherics, rhythmically coalescing into a sort of fantasy ambient pop. Come to the shop and ask for it – I promise not to point aimlessly. While you’re at it, scope out this week’s in-stock list, and remember there won’t be an update next week because there’s a record store holiday or something on April 18th 😉 -MLE

Colleen – Captain Of None LP:
Listen – “Captain Of None”
“Colleen is French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott, who uses her voice and the treble viola da gamba (a baroque instrument with gut strings), to weave intricate stories about the human mind and heart. Captain of None is the most melodic album in her repertoire, with fast-paced tracks rooted down by prominent bass lines and assorted percussive effects. It is also an album that breaks new ground for Colleen in terms of production. While previous works centered around sample-based or looped, minimal compositions, on Captain of None Schott significantly changed her approach, setting her viola and her voice as focal points. Captain of None is inhabited by delicately crafted, other-worldly pop songs incorporating dub-inspired techniques.

Captain of None was recorded, mixed, and produced entirely by Schott in her music studio in San Sebastian, Spain. Schott tried to open the gates in the way she played, sang, and wrote lyrics for the album, and set out to explore how effects like delay and echo could go from the “cosmetic sound varnish” role they usually play to a fully dynamic, constructive, song-shaping role.

Although the influence of Jamaican music is subtle, its implicit impact is felt throughout Captain of None. As a child, Schott became enamored with a cassette tape of Lee Perry tracks from 1976 to 1979. She continued to explore the music of Jamaica, awed by the amount and the variety of incredible music that was recorded with such breathtaking inventiveness. This infatuation can be heard on tracks like “Eclipse,” where Schott utilizes some of the more common dub production techniques, such as using an echo effect on the percussion and vocals. Her love of Augustus Pablo can be felt on “Salina Stars,” in which Schott uses the melodica, an instrument that she played for years but never used on her albums. She incorporates a Moogerfooger delay pedal to create vocal feedback and analog glitches, and used homemade devices — chopsticks, an Indonesian metal printing block — as percussion.

As for her unique main instrument of choice, Schott first noticed the viola da gamba in the film Tous les matins du monde when she was 15 years old. The instrument, which has been said to be the musical instrument that most resembles the sound of the human voice, heavily resonated with her. However, rather than bowing the instrument in a traditional manner, and heavily influenced by African music from different countries, genres, and eras, Schott tunes the viola da gamba like a guitar and plucks it, opening up a new world of sound that she explores in great depth on Captain of None, an addictive, unconventional pop album.” -Thrill Jockey

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Captains Of All – new releases, reissues and restocks…

Agnostic Front – Last Warning LP
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls LP
Aphex Twin – MACHROMT30a 12”*
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP; Favourite Worst Nightmare LP
Ariel Pink – pom pom 2LP
At The Drive-In – Acrobatic Tenement LP
Atoms For Peace – AMOK 2LP
Basement Jaxx – The Singles 2LP
Beck – Morning Phase LP
Belle & Sebastian – The BBC Sessions 2LP; The Boy With The Arab Strap LP; Tigermilk LP
Benjamin Booker – S/T LP
Black Keys – El Camino LP; thickfreakness LP
Bonobo – Black Sands 2LP
Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressue CD*, 2LP*
Broadcast – The Noise Made By People 2LP
Cat Power – Jukebox LP; Sun 2LP
Cave-In – Creative Eclipses LP*
Charles Mingus – Blues & Roots LP
Chavez – Gone Glimmering LP; Ride The Fader LP
Clark – Flame Rave LP
Cloakroom – Further Out 2LP
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head LP
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer CD
Deftones – White Pony 2LP
Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 2LP
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration LP
Disclosure – Settle 2LP
Dorian Concept – Joined Ends LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah 2LP
East India Youth – Culture Of Volume 2LP*
Echosmith – Talking Dreams LP
Electric Wizard – S/T LP*
Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith LP
Frankie Knuckles – Beyond The Mix LP; Welcome To The Real World LP
Future Islands – Singles LP
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin LP
Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike 2LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP
Gram Parsons – GP LP
Grimes – Visions LP
Groovie Ghoulies – Appetite For Adrenochrome LP
Helena Hauff – Lex Tertia LP*
Ibeyi – S/T CD
Iceage – You’re Nothing LP
Interpol – El Pintor LP
James – Wah Wah 2LP*
Jawbreaker – Unfun LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP; Coltrane Plays The Blues LP; Giant Steps LP; Standard Coltrane LP
Josh Rouse – The Embers Of Time LP*
Jungle – S/T LP
Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue LP; Afro-Cuban LP
Kind Of Like Spitting – Bridges Worth Burning LP
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
Lapalux – Lustmore 2LP*
Lapsley – Understudy EP 12″
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Bring Me My Shotgun: The Essential Collection LP; Walkin’ This Road By Myself LP
Lil Silva – Mabel 12″
Lord Huron – Strange Trails 2LP*
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts 2LP
Manu Chao – Radio Bemba Sound System 2LP+CD
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special LP*
Marriages – Salome LP*
Matt & Kim – New Glow LP*
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood LP
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular LP
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue LP; Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet LP
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime 2LP
Misfits – Earth A.D. LP; Static Age LP
Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth 2LP
Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ 2LP*, CD*
Nas – Illmatic LP
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Live At The Fillmore 1970 LP
Nightmares On Wax – Mind Elevation 2LP
Outkast – ATLiens 2LP
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven 2LP; Vulgar Display Of Power 2LP
Paramore – S/T 2LP
Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain LP; Slanted & Enchanted LP
Phoenix – Bankrupt! LP; Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Pixies – Best Of: Wave Of Mutilation 2LP; Come On Pilgrim LP; Doolittle LP
Portishead – Third LP
Prodigy – Fat Of The Land 2LP
Pulp – Different Class LP
Purity Ring – Another Eternity LP; Shrines LP
Queen – A Kind Of Magic LP; Innuendo LP
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP
Ratatat – Classics LP; Ratatat LP
Sam Cooke – Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 LP
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour LP
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want LP
Shlohmo – Dark Red 2LP*
Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun LP+CD
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Slint – Spiderland LP+DVD
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2LP
The Cult – Pure Cult: The Singles – 1984-1995 2LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Good Life – Novena On A Nocturn LP
The Minus 5 – Dungeon Golds LP
The National – Boxer LP; High Violet 2LP
The Sonics – This Is The Sonics LP
The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? LP
The Waterboys – Modern Blues LP*
Thelonious Monk – In Italy LP
Toro Y Moi – What For? CD, LP
Tyler The Creator – Goblin 2LP
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City LP
Various – Cargaa 1 LP*
Various – Clueless OST LP*
Various – Miami Sound CD
Various – Sherwood At The Controls Vol. 1: 1979-1984 LP*
Various – Songs Of Anarchy: Music From Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 2LP*
Various – Studio One Dub 2LP
Various – Where Southern Soul Began: 2 1955-1962 2CD
Warpaint – Warpaint 2LP
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp CD*
Wayne Shorter – Night Dreamer LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP, CD
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue