by Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 12 December 2007

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.