The Capstan Shafts

Any normal songwriter carving tunes as delicate, beautiful and developed as The Capstan Shafts would no doubt scream it to the world. Yet Dean Wells — the man behind the Capstan mask — smacks of modesty: only a handful of live performances over his near decade-long career, and a MySpace page updated once in a blue moon, means that arguably some of the finest songwriting around today is left in the dark. Rarely do his songs pass the two minute mark: haunting, sweet and succinct. Sleepcure Theory Advancer, off the 2006 album Euridice Proudhon, is as close to perfection as a eulogy delivered in 1 minute and 58 seconds can be. But good luck getting hold of the album.

Listen to The Capstan Shafts song, The trilateralist told you not to.