Boomkat Product Review:
'The Capital' is the second vinyl release by ascending drone-star Sean McCann, proffered by Belgium's Aguirre Records (home to releases by Brother Raven, Caboladies, and Red Electric Rainbow among others). It falls very comfortably under the canopy of modern Kosmische/Synth noise also explored by Bee Mask, Emeralds or Fabric, but there's a few unique elements to McCann's music which set him apart. Violins figure quite prominently throughout, adding an extra layer of dissonance quite unique to his sound and lending a wholesome, grounded texture while simultaneously hinting at a majestically skyward vision. They're infused with spiraling synth plumes and chest-opening, post-rock levels of ecstasy and moments of desolate, alien solitude over the A-side, while the other side involves a wider palette of instrumentation. First of two longer pieces, 'This Was Nearly Mine' folds lo-fi field recordings with his folksy fiddle and stray, meandering keys in an mind-warping pressure system lasting nine minutes. 'Swoon' is calmer, more symphonic, where multi-tracked strings layer up and circle each other like languid birds caught in an updraft while choral voices chant and lure us into an increasingly lysergic arrangement.