- Release Date 2015-07-24
- Label Tru Thoughts
- Catalog TRUDD143
Self-releasing Easier via Bandcamp in 2013, alongside a brand new video, Space Captain gained impressive early support from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Revive and The Line of Best Fit. They subsequently put out Remedy in 2014, accompanied by a live video session for Sofar Sounds (NY), to further acclaim. This official double A-side release is set to showcase these fresh, early visions of the Brooklyn-based collective's sound to a wider audience. Fusing R&B, hip hop, soul and psych, Space Captain fit perfectly on Tru Thoughts roster among the likes of Alice Russell, Quantic and The Seshen, while singer Maralisa is particularly excited to be able to call herself a label mate of the Hot 8 Brass Band: A dream of mine is to collaborate with Hot 8; I remember seeing them a lot at New Orleans Jazz Fest when I was younger and thinking they were just incredible .
New School jazz alumni Maralisa Simmons-Cook and Alex Pyle co-founded Space Captain when they met at the New School in New York in 2011. Sharing piano lessons and soul and hip hop recommendations, the pair first collaborated when Alex asked Maralisa to sing on his tracks, and they soon decided to form their own project to fuse their complementary musical backgrounds.
As Alex and Maralisa began to work on their sound, more live aspects began to take shape and new members joined. Completing the line-up are Alex s childhood friends Gray Hall (production/guitar) and Mike Haldeman (guitar), and New School members Joey Ziegler (drums), Joy Morales (keyboard) and Lessie Vonner (trumpet).
While most of the members met at jazz school, Space Captain has a fluid array of influences which make up their sound. Space Captain contend the traditional jazz methods of composition with a more modern soul interpretation, reflective of their own tastes. The group are currently gigging across New York, playing regularly in venues including Rockwood Music Hall and Arlene's Grocery, developing their compelling arrangements through live performance.