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Northern Lights & Southern Skies

The Capsules Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vespera Records
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Capsules, have a tendency for sleepless nights, writing pensive, late night reveries. When they emerge from these states, they bring with them a soundtrack to the half forgotten memories that pass through your imagination in the space between reality and whimsy. The songs on Northern Lights & Southern Skies unfold in the place where the heart is open to the mysteries of the universe and help us gain a bit of insight into the experiences of love, loss, and longing that makes us human. Julie Shields has a comforting voice that sounds like your best friend whispering in your ear, while the melodic bass of Jason Shields and Kevin Trevino s understated drumming keep things deceptively simple. The Capsules decided to expand their palette on Northern Lights & Southern Skies and used less guitar and more keyboards, loops and electronics than they have on previous efforts. The music took more than a year to create, with the band working together to bring the hidden nuances out of each song. They still have their otherworldly aura, but there s also a dark edge that keeps everything rooted to the earth. Across the Sky opens the album with a pumping bass and a pulsating keyboard line, supporting Julie s wistful meditation on lost love. Her layered harmonies bring a hopeful note to the tune s outro.


It s your typical love story really. Jason Shields and his friend Julie started making music together while in high school, fell in love, got married, formed a band (Shallow), the band broke up, formed another band, and ended up writing songs for television shows such as Sponge Bob Square Pants and video games such as Borderlands 2. Okay, so maybe it s not so typical after all, but along with drummer Kevin Trevino, the trio known as THE CAPSULES have carved a nice little niche for themselves having shared the stage with the likes of the Flaming Lips, Luna, Mercury Rev, Low, and more. Their new LP is called Northern Light & Southern Skies, and is their first since 2009 and 4th overall. Here we find the group starting to shy away from the expansive guitar sounds of the past in favor of more keyboard and electronic looping. Across the Sky really represents the full realization of this transformation as the group lays down a foundation of pulsating, almost turbulent synthesizers that offset Julie Shields wispy, pensive, almost ghostly vocals that seem to float in and out of the frame. All of this is well and good, but the band really makes it count when the clouds part (analogically speaking) leaving the listener basking in waves of church-like organs and synth horn announcements. It s the kind of moment that has the ability to pick your day up at the drop of a hat, and it s moments like that transition that we as music appreciators look for. Luckily for us, Northern Light & Southern Skies provides no shortage of them over the course of it s ten songs, making it all the more a requirement for future listening queues. Northern Light & Southern Skies is being released through Vespera Records. --Striker Bill

Julie Shields has a voice perfect for indie pop, which is what makes The Capsules somewhat confounding.Northern Skies & Southern Lights is The Capsules new album and on it you ll find sonic soundscapes, dreamy missives, and surreal audible storms. Our Apocalypse in particular has a monumental sound that rivals a cavernous mid-winter darkness. Fronted by Julie and Jason Shields, formerly of the band Shallow, and joined by Kevin Trevino on percussion, The Capsules style of dream-pop is mesmerizing and all-encompassing, and there is no better example of this than Our Apocalypse . I wouldn t call this indie pop, though Shields voice may have that perfect pop sound and The Capsules name might suggest it as well. Instead, The Capsules blend various sub-genres for a unique sound that touches on shoegaze, dream pop, and even electro-pop. Northern Skies & Southern Lights is set for a Januray 15th release on Vespera Records. --FensePost

Rising from the remnants of atmospheric rock band Shallow a group which found husband and wife duo Julie and Jason Shields touring the world straight out of high school and sharing the stage with bands like Low, The Flaming Lips, and Mercury Rev the newly christened The Capsules draw on curiously fragmented pop roots and make music which is darker and more introspective than their unassuming name might lead you to believe. And don t let the fact that Spongebob Squarepants creator Steven Hillenburg tapped The Capsules to write an original song for his show cause you to believe that they re just another doe-eyed pop band. For their upcoming album Northern Lights & Southern Skies, out January 15th via Vespera Records, the Shields , along with drummer Kevin Trevino, have dropped most of the guitars that populated their previous records and adopted a dark wash of synths and bass-driven beats that spin around Julie Shields vocals and proceed to dive deep down into your brain and make themselves at home. And while their newest song, the darkly theatric Our Apocalypse, doesn t fully speak for the rest of the album, it makes for a striking introduction to the varied production on the record. Our Apocalypse melds distorted beats, swirls of charging synths, and Shields eerie vocals into something grandiose but also oddly intimate. The distortion rises into the rafters while her voice beckons the listener ever nearer. She has worlds to describe and not much time to do so. So I d listen close if I were you. Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the track Our Apocalypse from The Capsules upcoming release, Northern Lights & Southern Skies. --Beats Per Minute

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Music April 25, 2014
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I love this cd, a little too much. I only allow myself to listen once a week because I don't want to kill it. It's nostalgic and modern at the same time. Definitely only for synth pop with heavy female vocal lovers. She has a great voice.
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