Adeliade’s Cape is the name given to the work of Edinburgh born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Taylor, and the often changing collective of musicians that contribute and bring that larger sound to his work. His influences vary from Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, Fleet Foxes, Martin Simpson, Johnny Flynn, samba, John Betjeman, Ted Hughes to the whiskey soaked work of Charles Bukowski.
He releases his debut EP Last Sleep in Albion on Dustbowl Records on 8th March and with influences such as those mentioned he proves they are not just a list. His style and influences create a great unique sound that caught my attention on first listen. The opening track, This Fiction, kicks it all off with a southern gothic twist that remined me of early 16 Horsepower but with a stronger acoustic sound. But don’t be fooled, Adelaide’s Cape have an eclectic repertoire up their sleeves which defies being labeled by the narrow confines of genre and rightly so, I can’t see Sam Taylor settling into a slot, I can see him experimenting and evolving his sound. Anchored Down takes the tempo down a peg with the opening sound of gulls and waves lapping a shore. A perfect start to some deep and heartfelt song writing, whilst the upbeat Stay is bound to be a future sing-a-long. The EP does has a creative and collective force and it’s not surprising that Adelaide’s Cape are in the line up for Communion’s Bristol Launch.
Adelaide’s Cape are definately an act to watch out for.
Check Myspace for more tracks and gig dates.