Exposé Online banner

Gadi Caplan — Morning Sun
(Musea MP 3322, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-08-07

Morning Sun Cover art

The last time I heard a release by this Israeli born Brooklyn NY based composer and multi-instrumentalist was his excellent 2011 release Opposite Views. Why it was never reviewed in these pages probably has more to do with the fact that our final printed edition had flown, and our new website was still under construction at the time; certainly nothing to do with the quality of the production, although to be accurate, his latest Morning Sun is a very different from that one and represents a big leap forward in all respects. The eleven tracks here represent a solid cross-section of Caplan’s numerous influences, which include jazz elements, classic progressive rock, psychedelic approaches, traditional Indian music, folky touches, and intelligent pop from the classic era. Most of the tunes herein were composed and arranged by Caplan in collaboration with singer and composer Danny Abowd, who handles all of the lyrics, vocals and vocal arrangements here, all superb, and was also a member of Caplan’s band The Weeping Willards. Caplan, for his part handles guitar, bass and synths, as well as the arrangements and production, while Willards’ bassist Jesse Gottlieb handled the engineering and mixing duties, as well as adding some backing vocals and trumpets. Other musicians feature on drums, strings, saxes, keyboards and bansuri flute. There are numerous highlights here, including the breezy “Island,” “Vivadi Swara,” which opens in a meditative mode and follows with an catchy uptempo acoustic driven tune with beautiful electric leads, the imagery driven “The Other Other Side,” the unforgettable title track featuring bansuri flutes flying over a bed of acoustic guitars, and the two instrumentals that open and close the album, “Hemavati,” and the ten-minute four-part epic “Lili’s Day,” but to be fair there isn’t a dull moment to be found anywhere on this disc. In many ways, as I listen to this I am often reminded of the late great Duncan Browne circa his 1973 self-titled album, or even a bit of Nick Drake. This is a definite grower; the more one listens to it, the more one will enjoy.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Gadi Caplan

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Schicke Führs Fröhling (SFF) - The Collected Works of Schicke Führs Fröhling – During their brief yet productive career from 1976 to 1978, the trio of Ede Schicke (drums), Gerd Führs (keys), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar, Mellotron) produced three outstanding albums on...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues