Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. - Maps
Back with more full stops than most, Sam Duckworth’s Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. return with Maps, a swift follow up from last year’s The Mannequin, put out under his own name. The London based songwriter has grown up a hell of a lot since he first sprung on the scene in 2006; moving away from acoustic-led, emotionally led narratives he instead presents his own brand of chirpy indie, guaranteed to breathe new life into the supposedly dying guitar scene.
Without taking himself too seriously, Get Cape succeeds in creating a musically substantial sound that you can still dance to. His lazy accent, full of dropped “t’s” and lazy pronunciation is endearing in a way that only a Brit could pull off. Opening track ‘The Real McCoy’, complete with sing along “la la” refrain is reminiscent of Britpop legends Blur, a reference point which rears its nostalgic head in several places across the LP.
A modern indie album wouldn’t be complete without the token genre crossover song. With Maps this comes in the form of a collaboration with UK hip hop MC Jehst on ‘The Long and Short of it all’. A buoyant slice of hip hop with a memorable chorus makes for one of the strongest tracks on the album. Equally, the piano-led entrance of ‘The Joy of Stress’ breaks the album up, showcasing Duckworth’s musical versatility in a tune loosely similar to Blur’s ‘Coffee and TV’, minus the milk carton.
This isn’t just a Britpop rip-off though, Get Cape infuses the sound with relevant lyricism and indirect effects to bring it straight into 2012. Unapologetically cheerful indie-pop to pop on when the sun finally decides to come out.