“Delicate Empires is about the fragility of power, and looks to the story of Genghis Khan for inspiration. Genghis saw the weakness in a way of life that was removed from nature and confined by stone walls and governed by greed, the rise of the Mongol empire was enabled by this realisation.” - Captain Earwax
On Delicate Empires, Captain Earwax blends his passion for nature and earthly sounds with playful and emotive melodies, intricate percussion and crunchy textures. Delicately weaved together with a varied yet cohesive range of tracks, some which feature vocals from Jonti, Lou Millar and Amy Kisnorbo, while others focus on unique instrumentation such as the title track which features the morin khuur, or Mongolian horsehead fiddle, played by Sydney based Mongolian musician Bukhu. What’s most notable about this album, though, is its accomplishment as a seamlessly crafted long player, a format that is becoming somewhat of a rare gem in today’s landscape of streaming services and playlists created by algorithms.
Mastered by Jack Prest
Cover art by Kitt Bennett