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Zeal & Ardor’s Manuel Gagneux Launches Yacht Rock Side-Project Soft Captain, Shares “Too Long”: Stream

A curveball from the avant heavy rocker and vocalist

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Soft Captain (screen capture via YouTube)
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    We didn’t see this coming: Zeal & Ardor mastermind Manuel Gagneux has unveiled a yacht rock side-project called Soft Captain. The group has offered up the vintage-looking video for the song “Too Long.”

    Heavy Consequence readers might be familiar with Gagneux from his work in Zeal & Ardor, who we’ve championed time and again on the site. Considering the heavy avant-metal nature of that project, it’s quite a surprise seeing Gagneux wearing a Jimmy Buffett-style sailor hat and singing soft rock.

    “I have also a Yacht Rock band now,” Gagneux commented in a social media announcement. “Make of that what you will.”

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    It’s a testament to his versatility as a vocalist — a central element to both Zeal & Ardor and Soft Captain. On “Too Long,” Gagneux provides smooth, sultry vocals over chilled chords and pocketed beats, courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Samuel Tschudin and drummer Flo Haas, respectively.

    The trio also embrace the inherent humor of the project, literally cruising around on a yacht in the song’s music video. Director Miro Widmer even shot it in a way that amplifies the clip’s late ’70s / early ’80s vibes.

    Add Soft Captain to Gagneux’s growing list of musical endeavors. The prolific artist also creates pop music under the Birdmask moniker and has the electronic project GEIZ.

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    Below you can watch the video for Soft Captain’s “Too Long.”

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