Not long after releasing his chill and immersive debut single 'Night', Sweden-based Australian artist Kaapstaadhas released'Aula', the latest offering in his quest to bring distinct lofi chamber beats from the Baltic and beyond.
After accumulating more than 1 million views on YouTube and 800K streams on Spotify with his bandTiny Fighter,Spelman used the downtime imposed by covid lockdowns to indulge his original passion for film & game scores. Moving between his two homes of Sweden and Australia, Kaapstaad took on a life of its own.
For 'Aula', Kaapstaad teamed up with British production company UNTHNKBLEto create a spectacular cinematic video featuring drone footage taken over epic, sweeping landscapes. His chiming notes and chilled textures seem to paint images of the Baltic landscape that conceived it.
An outlet for his more introspective, downtempo solo creations, Kaapstaad is the solo electronic project of Tim Spelman, the driving force behind indie pop outfit Tiny Fighterand post-rock project Fire To The Stars. This music is influenced by such notable artists as Neils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Ludovico Enaudi, BVG, Agnes Obel, Tibeauthetraveller and Grouper.
Both 'Aula' and ‘Night’ were performed, recorded and produced in Stockholm and Sunshine Coast, Australia by Tim Spelman. 'Night' was where it all started and, with support from Swedish collaboratorsMarcus Wallbergand Tommy Wilen, Kaapstaad became a project in its own right.
Tim Spelmannotes, "Night’ was originally composed for a short film score that never saw the light of the day. Intended as a lullaby-meets-soundscape, the idea was to combine a simple melody with field recordings taken out in a Swedish forest at night - that's the rain, insects and crackles you can hear in the background of the song. Whilst the film soundtrack never eventuated, I was very happy with both the process and the product - something very different to the indie-pop/post-rock of my previous bands. So happy, in fact, it gave birth to an entirely new project - Kaapstaad."
'Aula is out now, available everywhere online, including Spotify and Apple Music,but is available to order directly from the artist via Bandcamp.
"There is something in the spaciousness of this piano and beat-driven instrumental that captures more than just a vague feeling of relaxation... minimal structures perfectly describe windswept lands, its spacious ways conjuring big, star-strewn, open skies and wide-open spaces"~ Big Takeover Magazine
"Both calming and meditative, raising vibrations... in one's mind's fantasy, sounds like a blend of Michael Nyman, Good Weather For An Airstrike, Elskavon and Endless Melancholy"~Amplify Music Magazine
"Kaapstaad creates music that evokes an emotional soundscape, that expands like a film score during the break of dawn"~ The Manc Review
"Captivating atmospheric instrumental... revealing itself an imagination stoking piece of sound and drama intimation which is calm and suggestive yet with hints of shadow and drama"~ Ringmaster Review
Release: 6 May 2022
VIDEO CREDITS Drone Pilots - Harry Steele & Ethan Parker
Editor - Harry Steele
Grade - Harry Steele
Creative Direction - Oska Zaky
Produced by @UNTHNKBLE