We did not see this coming: Zeal & Ardor mastermind Manuel Gagneux has unveiled a yacht-rock facet venture known as Soft Captain. The group has provided the dated trying video for the music “Too Long”.

Heavy Consequence readers could know Gagneux from his work in Zeal & Ardor, which we have championed all through the positioning. Given the heavy avant steel nature of this venture, it is fairly shocking to see Gagneux sporting a Jimmy Buffett-style sailor hat and singing mushy rock.

“I have a yacht rock band now too,” Gagneux commented in a social media announcement. “Make of it what you will.”

It’s a testomony to his versatility as a singer – a key aspect of each Zeal & Ardor and Soft Captain. On “Too Long,” Gagneux delivers easy, sultry vocals over chilled chords and inserted beats, courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Samuel Tschudin and drummer Flo Haas, respectively.

The trio additionally embrace the venture’s inherent humor, actually cruising round on a yacht within the music’s music video. Director Miro Widmer even shot it to bolster the clip’s late ’70s/early ’80s vibes.

Add Soft Captain to Gagneux’s rising listing of musical endeavors. The prolific artist additionally creates pop music below the moniker Birdmask and has digital venture GEIZ.

You can watch the video for Soft Captain’s “Too Long” beneath.

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