Alastair W. Brown
Northcape is the ongoing work of a mainly self-taught British artist who has felt compelled to produce music ever since he got his first cheap Casio keyboard, and who failed to learn to play the piano properly because he was too busy composing his own tunes. The music is an attempt to capture and translate vividly-imagined yet transient moments in landscape and memory that would be difficult to express in any other way. Evolving from a long sequence of unheard recordings committed to tape, Northcape slowly worked up through a range of electronic keyboards until moving to the computer and eventually releasing his first material on the internet in 2003.
Several previous albums including ‘Detach’ were self-released online, with a steadily growing following. Following a well-received EP “Some Bright Valley” released through long-running and respected netlabel monotonic (sadly, now on hiatus), the critically-acclaimed 2010 album ‘Captured From Static’ was released on US independent label Sun Sea Sky Productions. This album was the culmination of an extended period of work widening and deepening the Northcape sound. The more ambient ‘Alluvial’ EP followed on the Elpa netlabel. The anticipated follow-up album on Sun Sea Sky, ‘Exploration and Ascent’, is out in early 2013.