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Album review: 'Coyote'

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The Capitals have been making music since 2011, but the band has largely flown under the radar here in the Western New York music scene. That may change with the recent release of its fourth EP, "Coyote," which blends classic elements of rock with pop textures, singer-songwriter Americana, blues, and psychedelia.

There is a growing energy that keeps the listener hooked throughout the EP, with a strong use of dynamic contrast that adds to the intensity. Guitarists Sean Greif and Nick Zamniak, as well as keyboardist Hank Miller, all take turns singing lead vocals, keeping the mix fresh. The vocals are interlaced with "oohs" and "ahhs" by multi-instrumentalists Ben Jones and Pete Zamniak, adding a fun, lighthearted sensibility to the music.

"Coyote" is entirely self-produced, with Josh Pettinger doing the mastering at Wicked Squid Studios. The recording evokes the excitement of the band's shows, from the players' musical chemistry to the abundance of catchy tunes. Longtime devotees of The Capitals can enjoy re-arranged versions of older songs like "Heavier Summer," while new fans can get a taste of fresh material like "Peaceful Transition," with its charming kazoo duet. The Capitals are a heartfelt soirée of friends and family that's an undeniably good time.

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