Kapowski has finished a new album, Boy Detective. Recorded by Eli Crews at New, Improved Recording, this is our most ambitious effort yet. Come to our CD release event at the Rickshaw Stop on Feb 1st -- we're playing with Mwahaha and Bells.
Here's a press release for the record:
Kapowski’s “Boy Detective”
The Oakland-based Kapowski has spent several years making ambitious home recordings and developing a small but fervid audience for a growing catalog of idiosyncratic pop songs. Lead singer and songwriter Jesse Rimler is influenced by a broad spectrum of classic songwriters, from early masters George Gershwin and Harold Arlen to Ray Davies and Van Dyke Parks.
Kapowski has taken a big step forward with its new record Boy Detective, a culmination of these years of experimentation. Recorded by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs’ w h o k i l l, Beulah), it is a rich and varied pop album: a set of tightly-constructed songs buoyed by horns, strings and vocal harmonies. Most striking is the sound of the quartet itself -- an unusual guitar-less lineup of piano, organ, bass and drums, featuring members of the avant-jazz group BEEP. On the driving “Section Eight,” massive, stuttering drums, a spry bassline, scratchy organ and a mesmeric piano line lay the bed for Rimler’s wistful vocals.