Tugboat Captain – ‘Rut’ album review


Tugboat Captain spent the past year secretly using free studio hours at Abbey Road to record their debut album, ‘Rut’. The four-piece have long been acclaimed for their work ethic and gorgeous pop hooks but now they’re ready to take their sound to new – often orchestral – height’. The cabaret-style announcement of ‘Please excuse…

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Tugboat Captain – ‘No Plans (For This Year)’


Although written well over a year ago, Tugboat Captain’s new single ‘No Plans (For This Year)’ could well have the most fitting title of any song released in 2020. The first song to be taken from the four-piece’s debut album ‘Rut’ (out later this year on Double A-Side Records), it has baroque moments that blend…

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Tugboat Captain – ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’


London’s DIY pop ensemble Tugboat Captain have shared new single ‘Be Strong, Smoke Less’ – a delicious slice of chamber-pop inspired by a conversation between frontman Alexander Sokolow and his mother that finds them trying to be good people while also pondering just how hard this can be: ‘I’m just trying to try my best…