Kaapstaad is the solo electronic project of Tim Spelman, the driving force behind indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter and post-rock project Fire To The Stars. Sweeping onto the scene with ‘Night’ with his second single ‘Aula’ for release on May 6, Kaapstaad as an outlet for his more introspective, downtempo solo creations.
“Night’ was originally composed for a short film score that never saw the light of the day. Intended as a lullaby-meets-soundscape, the idea was to combine a simple melody with field recordings taken out in a Swedish forest at night – that’s the rain, insects and crackles you can hear in the background of the song,” says Tim Spelman.
“Whilst the film soundtrack never eventuated, I was very happy with both the process and the product – something very different to the indie-pop/post-rock of my previous bands. So happy, in fact, it gave birth to an entirely new project – Kaapstaad. Of which ‘Night’ is my very first single.”
After accumulating more than 1 million views on YouTube and 800K streams on Spotify with Tiny Fighter, Spelman used the downtime imposed by covid lockdowns to indulge his original passion for film & game scores. Moving between his two homes of Sweden and Australia, Kaapstaad took on a life of its own. With support from Swedish collaborators Marcus Wallberg and Tommy Wilen, the project has morphed into a standalone project in its own right.
‘Night’ is performed, recorded and produced in Stockholm and Sunshine Coast, Australia by Tim Spelman.
‘Night’’is out now, available everywhere digitally and can be ordered at https://filterlabel.
“Both calming and meditative, raising vibrations… in one’s mind’s fantasy, sounds like a blend of Michael Nyman, Good Weather For An Airstrike, Elskavon and Endless Melancholy” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
“Kaapstaad creates music that evokes an emotional soundscape, that expands like a film score during the break of dawn” ~ The Manc Review
Photos by Matto Lucas