Recreations (Sam Duckworth, formerly Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.) will release his first full-length album, Baby Boomers 2 on 29th April 2016 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
Baby Boomers 2 is a self-produced collection full of wide-eyed, big-dreaming, conscientious pop songs that are undeniably Sam Duckworth, but delivered with looser funk, crisper electronics and notably less tubs to thump on. In more ways than one, it sees Duckworth get his groove back.
Recreations may be a new moniker for Sam, but his work ethic and refusal to stick to a template in either influence or sound is not just familiar but oh-so welcome. Falling half way between Get Cape... and his experiments, Recreations is the product of two years of investigation. Fans of GC.WC.F. will recognise his distinct lyrical nouse, but in his own words Recreations is "more heart on sleeve, bolder, more direct, and a little bit more emo."
'Neoprene' builds the backdrop to an imaginary never-ending night out with swatches of sound and reliable patches of atmosphere while 'Pipe Down' is pumped up by a huge muscular rhythm section but still driven by that infectious steel drum-like sound. Keenly concerned with contemporary society, the album is bookended with two songs that will be most familiar with Get Cape fans in sound (gentle acoustic guitar) and vision, tackling broadly the same themes. ‘Zones 9 and 10’ documents the exodus from London by a generation priced out of the capital, while ‘Lifestyle Concept Store’ laments the consequences of that for the creative community, mourning beloved nights and venues like the Metro and Plastic People. Yet Baby Boomers 2 is not a record about oligarchs and property prices, but something more fundamental.
“I always get tagged as being a political musician,” he says “but most of my songs aren’t political, it’s just that a lot of the stuff I do outside music is. So I wanted to do an album that was sort of both”
Also on the album is ‘Built To Last’ which also featured on Recreations’ Digital Ghettos EP released in February. It’s garnered support from 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq as well as John Kennedy at Radio X.
Headline UK tour with support from Rob Lynch and Sean McGowan
22 Middlesbrough @ Green Room
24 Liverpool @ Studio 2
25 Manchester @ Night and Day
27 Colchester @ Three Wise Monkeys
29 London @ The Borderline
30 Aldershot @ West End Centre
01 Banbury @ Atic
02 Southampton @ The Joiners
04 Glasgow @ The Hug and Pint
05 Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge
07 Nottingham @ The Bodega
08 Leeds @ Oporto
12 Hebden Bridge @ Hebden Bridge Trades Club
13 Swindon @ The Vic
14 Newport @ Le Pub
15 South Devon @ Kingskerswell Parish Church
17 Exeter @ The Cavern
18 Bristol @ The Louisiana
1. Zones 9&10
2. Red Spex
4. Outdoor Type
5. Pipe Down
6. In Good Time
9. Built To Last
10. Life On The Touchline
11. Lifestyle Concept Store