Since the successful release of their very impressive Not Not is Fine EP back in 2006, fans of Dublin three piece, Cap Pas Cap, have been waiting for what promised to be a stomper of a debut album. The bad news for anyone who was a fan of the band’s stripped down minimalist approach to things, with its bare vocals, banging cowbells and three note baselines – is: Haunted Light, their debut album is a shift away from that first EP, and the journey Cap Pas Cap have undertaken seems to have brought the group backwards if anything.
The two main problems that seems to haunt this album (no pun intended), is the absence of former front man Gavin Duffy, and the move away from a new wave minimalist sound to an overdrive of saturated arrangements that aspire to reach the heights of The Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but gets caught in the web of imitation, sounding more like the soundtrack to some programme about the whereabouts of UFOs in middle America, than an indie rock band from Dublin.
Songs like ‘Ship Shadow’, and ‘Can’t Say’, just seem to tirelessly ramble into four minute wanderings, and despite all the production and edgy synthesizers in the world, they just don’t seem to have a destination.
Every artist likes to where their influence on their sleeves, but the final song on the album, ‘Night Track’, just seems to take the Karen O impersonation from lead singer Grainne Dee to a level that goes beyond the realm of influence. For anyone waiting four years for this record, prepare to be disappointed.