On first listen to the debut Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album, there was no way you could not be engulfed by the passion and sincerity coming from its creator Sam Duckworth. Lyrically, it was a perfect balance of personal and political, whilst musically it blended electronica, emo, folk and indie for some seriously stunning results. Sam went on to make three more records as Get Cape before deciding to retire the project in 2014 to concentrate on other musical ventures.
So, here we are four years on and Sam has decided to don his cape again and bring back his much adored moniker for a fifth Get Cape LP. In a world full of uncertainty with an increasing sense of doom, it seems that a new Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album is needed to help comfort and empower us once again.
From the off, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be the heart wrenching electro-emo expected and instead what we get is a charming set of indie pop songs. Opening track ‘Adults‘ is a perfect pop tune that gently builds into a glorious ending of bright trumpets and a warm chorus of voices. Tracks like ‘Just A Phase‘ and ‘Animate‘ are similar in bringing sparkling pop sensibilities right up in your grill, almost forcing you to sing along. Musically, it’s a very playful album but lyrically Sam is still as thoughtful and intuitive as ever.
‘Always‘ acts as the emotional centrepiece here, with the chorus refrain of “Don’t be scared now you’ve got this, I’ll be by your side, always“. Dealing with themes of anxiety and the responsibility of age make this such a relatable moment. I’d go as far to say that those feelings act as a key theme throughout ‘Young Adults‘, which explains its title.
There are subtle electronica references throughout the album but for the most part this is a full band affair, with upbeat drums and pleasant acoustic guitar strums taking up most of its sonic pallet. It seems that Sam wants to let the melodies really shine through on this record and not get too overcrowded, but there are still little flourishes here and there that help bulk up these unapologetically catchy tracks.
I will admit, there’s a few songs in the track-listing that don’t quite move me as much as others, and it can be a bit too predictable both musically and lyrically at times. But there are enough good tracks to save it and prove Sam’s worth as a great, honest songwriter. He has a real knack for writing songs with a sense of intimacy that make you feel like he’s singing directly to you. There is a warmth to his vocal delivery that is genuinely comforting.
The more I listen to this album, the more I respect the fact that Sam didn’t revert to his heartfelt teenage self. This is an up to date snap shot of the Get Cape story. He’s no longer crowded in a barrage of teen angst and genre mash ups and has managed to refine his approach into making something that has heart but at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously. From one young adult to another, this is a relatable and enjoyable return to form.