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Vintage Phoenix Shoegaze Band Half String Reissued by Brooklyn Label Captured Tracks

It's easy to imagine the sounds of Tempe in the '90s dominated by jangle, over-driven amps cranked, and melodic singers crooning a Mill Ave export that would crack into the mainstream. But listening to Half String, a Tempe-based band that featured Brandon Capps, Tim Patterson, Matt Kruse, and Kimber Lanning of Stinkweeds (and now known for spearheading the small business initiative Local First Arizona), it's easy to imagine a parallel universe of "Tempe sound," one cloaked in reverb and shadowy British post-punk textures.

Brooklyn label Captured Tracks, operated by Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs, clearly has a love for those sounds. The label releases records by current bands like Beach Fossils, Minks, and Wild Nothing, and with its Shoegaze Archives series, documents the shoegaze scene of the '90s, the series features Deardarkhead, Should, Medicine, Grabbel & The Final Cut, and with its latest release, Half String.

Maps for Sleep, a new double LP collection of the band's lush, obscured pop, is out on the label now, featuring packaging designed by Bruce Licher of Independent Projects Press.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.