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Post-Punk En Español: Capitán (Finally) Releases Debut Album, “Compulsión”


Trigger Warning: Spanish-language grammar & punctuation!

Let’s start with what should be obvious: Spain is much more than simply flamenco music and bull runs. That’s not to say those things are terrible (well, bull runs can be terrible depending on your personal opinion…) but the country has much more to offer in terms of culture. For example, the country’s music scene is growing with a number artists who are flying the flag of Post-Punk/Goth Rock. One such artist is Capitán who have finally released their debut album, Compulsión.

The trio from Barcelona, featuring Adrián de Alfonso, Pau Riutort, and Cacho Salvador, signed a deal with Madrid-based record label Discoteca Océano in October of 2011 and released three singles just weeks later. The singles were meant to promote a soon-to-be-released debut album…which finally arrived a little over two years to the day!

The nine-track album doesn’t disappoint. The songs have a dark, brooding mood mixed with shimmering guitars that fans of The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bauhaus, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. will love. The aforementioned singles, “Portugal,” “Birmania,” and “Máquina De Los Sueños (The Dream Machine),” appear on the album with a few extra bells and whistles. The band celebrates its Spanish roots by ending the album with a song that features flamenco-style guitar work.

By Afroxander