Jennifer Castle - Castlemusic (2012) [Folk]

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Jennifer Castle - Castlemusic (2012) [Folk]

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               Jennifer Castle – Castlemusic


        Label.........................: No Quarter
        Genre.........................: Indie
        StoreDate.....................: Mar–06–2012
        Source........................: CDDA
        Grabber.......................: Exact Audio Copy (Secure Mode)
        Encoding Scheme...............: Lame 3.98.4 V0 VBR Joint–Stereo
        Size..........................: 49.46 MB
        Total Playing Time............: 31:14

        Release Notes:

        This is the first record Toronto artist Jennifer Castle has put out
        under her own name. Previously heard with artists such as Fucked Up, The
        Constantines, Doug Paisley and Elliott Brood, she has also released two
        solo albums û confusingly û under the name Castlemusic. 2008Æs You CanÆt
        Take Anyone sounded on the surface like a folk album, with guitar
        arrangements that played with folk form but ultimately allowed her
        ethereal voice to shine through in a more or less traditional way.

        Castlemusic the album is an altogether more sonically complex affair.
        Recorded with partner Dave Clarke and producer Jeff McMurrich, the album
        is full of fuzzy electric guitars, sounding like a mixture of Velvet
        Underground and a classic Æ60Æs folk sound: check out æPowersÆ with its
        mixture of fuzz guitar and flute used to bring out a description of
        cosmic forces in nature. æNeverrideÆ, the second track, sounds like a
        fuzzy old recording of Æ60s Canadian folk singer Bonnie Dobson û her
        voice has a similar quality and the guitar the tinny distant twang of
        old records.

        The soundscape of this record really does add something. From the
        languorous opening of æSummerÆ the basic folk framework is rendered
        jazz–like and psychedelic by the dreamlike arrangements. æWay of the
        CrowÆ, which vocally references Dolly Parton, is a celebration of nature
        that takes on an oddly twisted country feel, its country rhythm oddly
        inverted and the sound menacing û even the slide guitar isnÆt the normal
        comfortable accompaniment of regular country vocabulary. The ingredients
        of country are there but mixed into something different.

        æMisguidedÆ takes the spooky folk to new heights, with scary sounding
        pipe organ closely providing a platform for vocals that are nearly
        chanted û the chorus, ôI try to hold onö, taking on an air of quiet
        desperation.

        Three central songs of the album are æYou DonÆt Have to BeÆ,
        æRememberingÆ and æPoor as HimÆ . The first is an ironic dealing with
        what sounds to be a younger man û a callow nu–folk toy boy? û telling
        him he doesnÆt have to live the part that she lives all too deeply. ôYou
        donÆt have to sing/All the kinds of freedom/To understand the kind
        youÆre never going to beö she says, crushingly, telling him that after
        all this time he doesnÆt fit in to the folk singerÆs world, ending with
        the command ôhoney donÆt be long with my drinkàö. ItÆs a strummed
        country style song, with piano and echo–ey acoustic guitar and a bitter–
        sweet vocal line.

        æRememberingÆ, sung to a simple piano accompaniment, seems at first like
        a sickly rather cutesy account of a nice day picking sage, tying
        lavender, and giving herself a tattoo. But then it becomes clear û
        getting through the day is all about getting over, and remembering, a
        lost lover . The gentle revelation is quietly devastating.

        æPoor as HimÆ is an uptempo, country–tinged reverb guitar–heavy song
        about the depth of her love for poor ôhimö û poor ôhimö who loves her,
        hence the need for him to be pitied. But she loves ôhimö too, and this
        song celebrates that love and what sheÆll do for him even as the world
        ends.

        Then surprisingly the album ends with a straight, acoustic guitar picked
        instrumental, æThe FriendÆ , with lovely guitar choruses, that is pure
        timeless folk music.

        This is a record that sucks you in and surprises in the way it plays
        with folk and country, twists your expectations sonically and turns them
        into something more otherworldly and even psychedelic with the sound and
        lyrics. From the everyday to the cosmic û this piece of
        folk/country/trance is well worth exploring.


                                Tracklisting

     01. Summer                                                         3:16
     02. Neverride                                                      2:51
     03. Powers                                                         4:28
     04. Way Of The Crow                                                3:22
     05. You Don't Have To Be                                           4:14
     06. Misguided                                                      2:13
     07. Remembering                                                    4:05
     08. Poor As Him                                                    4:44
     09. The Friend                                                     2:01


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