We are huge fans of an album called ‘Delicate Empires’ by a fella from Sydney called Captain Earwax. It came out in August and has fast become one of our favourite releases of the year. A stunning master work of dense, intricate, texturally gorgeous instrumental beats. We’re pretty excited to have this guy in town doing two sets of magic in the back loungeroom. Highly recommended!
Here’s some more info about him:
Captain Earwax is the musical moniker of Australian multi-disciplinary artist Daniel O’Toole. As a solo artist, he has released 2 albums, 2 EPs and his Sea legs beat tape. He is the founder of the Free The Beats compilation series, which has released over 11 beat tapes.
“Delicate Empires is about the fragility of power, and looks to the story of Genghis Khan for inspiration. Genghis saw the weakness in a way of life that was removed from nature and confined by stone walls and governed by greed, the rise of the Mongol empire was enabled by this realisation.” – Captain Earwax
On Delicate Empires, Captain Earwax blends his passion for nature and earthly sounds with playful and emotive melodies, intricate percussion and crunchy textures. Delicately weaved together with a varied yet cohesive range of tracks, some which feature vocals from Jonti, Lou Millar and Amy Kisnorbo, while others focus on unique instrumentation such as the title track which features the morin khuur, or Mongolian horsehead fiddle, played by Sydney based Mongolian musician Bukhu. What’s most notable about this album, though, is its accomplishment as a seamlessly crafted long player, a format that is becoming somewhat of a rare gem in today’s landscape of streaming services and playlists created by algorithms.