Swallow Cave :: I’m Glad (Captain Beefheart Cover)

A low-key highlight off 1967’s Safe As Milk, the soulful doo-wop of Captain Beefheart’s “I’m Glad” as transmuted in the hands of U.K. outfit, Swallow Cave. Steadily sedate, the four piece stays true to the original, yet imbue the material with a gloaming air of haunted, lovelorn reminiscence. Gauzy in approach, the captain’s plaintive delivery finds itself supplanted by woozy production, languid vox and an atmosphere not unlike a lo-fi Julee Cruise.

Captain Beefheart :: Observatory Crest

If there is indeed a season for every song, Beefheart’s “Observatory Crest” is unequivocally late summer. Particularly late summer in Los Angeles. A bright spot via the Captain’s oft-maligned lp, Bluejeans & Moonbeams, “Crest” hangs in a liminal space somewhere between revisiting a journal entry and bittersweet nostalgia.