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Capsules
Someone for Everyone
Urinine Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I have unexpectedly fallen in love. You see, there is this woman I have never met who has been able to consume me. She can tactfully embrace me with her crooning and poise alone, in one swoop of romantic victory.

Her allure is magnetic in the way a treasured ornament is worn to attract someone's wandering eye - in a chanting and magical beauty that can only be attributed to her graceful sway. I will never really know her, as a common man feeling inferior. I am frightened into intimidation by her lustrous and angelic charm, which causes my stomach to ache with pangs of apprehension. Butterflies attack my insides, causing me to feel sick with adulation.

I am speaking of Julie Shields, singer and multi instrumentalist for the Kansas trio The Capsules. Along with her bass playing husband, Jason Shields, and drummer Kevin Trevino, the band has managed to create a magnetic second album superior to most in the recent shoegaze resurgence.

Aptly fusing dissonant noise in an anomalous calming discharge, they fall between My Bloody Valentine's authoritative wash of perpetual blare and the subtle dream-pop of The Sundays. Although the general stereotypes may apply, The Capsules new album, Someone for Everyone, certainly delivers. It stands firmly on its own and insures a gratifying listen, especially after repeated observations, so that one can fully grasp the childlike innocence portrayed through Julie's lovely voice. Hers is a stunning focal point, falling somewhere between a young Juliana Hatfield and Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays.

Superb acclamations don't take long, entering with the beauty of the opening "Light the Path". In a sincere and humble manner, her angelic voice carefully illuminates the song's opening, and is added with just a hint of high hat, rhythm, and bass guitar. The blissful entrance introduces you to what will be forthcoming in the Capsules' passionate approach.

There is a strong interplay of delicate tendencies versus dissonant song formations. This renders the listener useless in an overwhelming daze of loud noise, and on "Light the Path," the song takes a dramatic and heated tempo change at its center.

In another absolutely breathtaking affair, "Slideshow" bellows as a euphoric guideline for which all pop power ballads should follow. It is the strongest track on the entire album, as it's easy to get lost in the bursts of distortion, invoked nostalgia and the bittersweet sounds that The Cranberries help create a decade ago. "Slideshow" floats by its sonic textures and an infectious melody, with trance inducing images. If one were to close their eyes while in tuned with the second track, an involuntary series of ideas and emotions would likely overtake the listener's conscious. It has the overwhelming effect of severe reverence - of first loves and abandonment, yearning for the days when things were at their best: "But times had seem to slow down/a slideshow I found/ now that you're not around."

The Capsules move into slightly darker sounding territory on "Starting Tomorrow". In what could be described as a less sadistic sounding Miranda Sex Garden, minus all the sex, the song is pure melodrama, marching in with a fanciful drumbeat. After a short keyboard intro fades, a weighed down distorted two chord guitar progresses.

In the middle of the second verse, a cryptic keyboard line freakishly compiles upon an already menacing pace. Once again, Julie delivers an entrancing melody; overdubbed, dual vocals add to the ominous composition. Things really never take off for the song, generally staying in the same sort of safe pace through the entire three and a half minutes, but The Capsules foreshow sounds of childhood fairytales. With hints of Switchblade Symphony in their dark resonance, they go about with peculiar merrymaking and oddball eccentricities.

"Visual Searching Pattern" is the instrumental track that has become somewhat fashionable in this particular sort of climatic indie rock mill - which is sort of self-indulgent, but the song happens to work well - it sits in the middle of the album, starting off with picked guitars and drums only to explode several minutes later. It shatters its musical convocation, slowly burning out and ending in the same way in which it was instigated.

The obvious comparisons to Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine apply. I personally can't ever seem to get enough of this sort of fierce procedure, but others may find it played out and a predictable. The only thing that is missing is Shield's angelic purr that has made the previous songs so memorable.

As much as I seem to be drooling over Julie's charismatic and enchanting pull, there are some mere moments captured on Someone for Everyone that distract the record from being a totally revered sophomore jewel. Songs like "What I Learned About Zero", "Net of Ghosts", and "My Lucky Stars" all seem to just float on will little given in the way of any emotional draw, and fall short of the engrossing plight of the album's first half.

These particular songs aren't noticeably bad, but make the album feel ineffectual in its underlying foundation. A certain momentum is needed to help keep the record with equal parts subtly and unpredictability.

For the most part, there is little reason to pick at these minor distractions from such a well crafted and sensatory second album. The Shields' are veterans of the music business, having battled the complex indie beasts for a decade with their previous band, Shallow. Someone for Everyone certainly shows that the Capsules are well aware of their musical mission, as they are properly versed and in tune with who they are and where they want to go. Place this ethic in a time when so many bands are trying too hard to pull the listener into so many different directions, and you will note it is an overall success, luring us into a sincere collective legion of beauty and brains.

Reviewed by Mark Taylor
A senior LAS staff writer, Mark Taylor is a 29 year old father of a 5 year old son and husband to a wife of 6 years, living the simple life in a small suburb of Charlotte, NC.

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