Captured Tracks releases Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983 – 1987, the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Spread across two LPs, Strum & Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the ‘80s indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. The release caught the attention from major music outlets including Pitchfork, Stereogum, BrookynVegan, Paste and more and has already been praised by The Vinyl District saying the comp is “an eye-opener and ear-pleaser (A Rating).” Watch the compilation teaser featuring The Reverbs ‘Trusted Woods’ and archival footage of many of the bands included on the LPs HERE.
Due to the overwhelming excitement and praise for this compilation, all limited editions of orange vinyl + black vinyl have sold out. Captured Tracks will have more LPs coming in the new year, but in the meantime, check your local record store for copies of the black vinyl.
Mike Sniper on Strum & Thrum: “Strum & Thrum seems like the right fit for the first reissue compilation for Captured Tracks. I’m happy that the first compilation I’ve ever produced features overlooked records that are still affordable – anyone who enjoys this comp can dive deeper into this scene without having to take out a loan. People nowadays sometimes say that guitar music is dead. Strum & Thrum is certainly against that notion. Listening to it and reading the oral history sheds a light on a largely forgotten scene full of great bands with some really great songs. I’m glad to be able to help share this story and get the bands some of the recognition they’ve deserved all along.”
You can also listen to the entire compilation digitally HERE.