The Old Capital is the debut album from Melbourne composers Claire Deak and Tony Dupé, out now with Lost Tribe Sound.
The album is their firstrecorded collaboration, though Dupé has released two solo albums under thename Saddleback. The duo describes themselves as a home orchestra well-suited for late nightrambling. 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 helplight the path with some brief success, only to be swallowed up by a slowmoving fog of droning organs and dampened strings. However with the proper guides, finding ones footing in this shadowy landscape doesn't haveto be difficult. Claire and Tony echo this sentiment throughout with a finebalance 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