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Delicate Empires

by Captain Earwax

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souperloops I just got a copy on vinyl from Revolve Records in Erskineville. I have played it 3 or 4 times back to back today. What a delightful record. Thanks Captain Earwax.
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Julien Mier Beautiful textures all the way through, melodies are unwinding and truly takes you on a fantastic colorful journey Favorite track: Cat Bus.
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Unrest 02:30
Cat Bus 03:34
Vortex 02:21
Forest Gods 03:40
Bullet Train 03:14
Star People 03:35
Freedom Trap 04:43


“Delicate Empires is about the fragility of power, and looks to the story of Genghis Khan for inspiration. Genghis saw the weakness in a way of life that was removed from nature and confined by stone walls and governed by greed, the rise of the Mongol empire was enabled by this realisation.” - Captain Earwax

On Delicate Empires, Captain Earwax blends his passion for nature and earthly sounds with playful and emotive melodies, intricate percussion and crunchy textures. Delicately weaved together with a varied yet cohesive range of tracks, some which feature vocals from Jonti, Lou Millar and Amy Kisnorbo, while others focus on unique instrumentation such as the title track which features the morin khuur, or Mongolian horsehead fiddle, played by Sydney based Mongolian musician Bukhu. What’s most notable about this album, though, is its accomplishment as a seamlessly crafted long player, a format that is becoming somewhat of a rare gem in today’s landscape of streaming services and playlists created by algorithms.

Mastered by Jack Prest
Cover art by Kitt Bennett

Delicate Empires will be released digitally + on vinyl via Fifty Records on 14 August 2017.


released August 14, 2017


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Captain Earwax Sydney, Australia

An ocean on my table is the latest body of work from producer and multi-instrumentalist Captain Earwax (aka Daniel O’Toole) and his sixth full length album.

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