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San Diego?s Castanets, fronted by Raymond Raposa, debuted with a short album, entitled Cathedral Asthmatic Kitty, 2004. While Raposa is the only constant member of the band, his records and live performances often showcase a seemingly never ending rotating cast of musicians.
The Castanets? music has been described as gothic country, avant-garde indie, psychedelic neo-folk, and a slew of other labels. Fundamentally, Raymond?s music is built on the clash between traditional music styles like folk, country and modern intuition as avant-garde, psychedelia.
The band?s debut album Cathedral produced music featuring a gloomy fusion of alt-country, slo-core and digital production. With Rufus Wainwright sprinkling sound effects on their ballads, Castanets often sound like a cross between Morphine and Idaho.
First touted by Pitchfork Media, the group Castanets was one of the more prominent proponents of the so-called freak folk movement. Also known as psychedelic folk and New Weird America, the movement took place in the U.S. music scene in 2003-04.
The band deposit No Light To Be Found, Three Days Four Nights, As You Do, We Are The Wreckage, You are the Blood; churning out post-blues dirges at a snail?s pace deep into the listener?s consciousness.
In addition to his regular touring, Raymond Raposa recently toured the east coast?s Intracoastal Waterway in a sailboat with singer-songwriters Jana Hunter and Red Hunter.
San Diego?s Castanets borrow from country, folk, and experimental rock. The group amazingly turns the style into a sound that?s equally moody and inspiring.
Castanets, which features members of Pinback, Rocket From the Crypt, and Tristeza, revolves around singer/songwriter Raymond Raposa.
Raposa, a San Diego native currently residing in New York City, explored the U.S. for four years via Greyhound Bus. This searching, traveling nature extends to his music.
Raymond Raposa initially released his music as a series of CD-Rs. However, the Asthmatic Kitty label stepped in and issued his first widely acclaimed album, Cathedral.
The bulk of album was recorded in a cabin in Northern California?s woodlands in fall 2004. One year right after the release of his first album, the Asthmatic Kitty released Raposa?s another album, entitled First Light?s Freeze.
First Light?s Freeze, the Castanets? second album continued the first album?s introverted exploration of moods, just with a broader range of styles. Listeners may listen to the styles ranging from the hyper-minimal Good Friend Yr Hunger to the rocking A Song Is Not The Song Of The World.
In between the two moods are the songs that represent the core of Raposa?s art. Dancing With Someone and Bells Aloud are amongst the most notable.
Asthematic Kitty issued Raposa?s another album, In The Vines, in 2007. This time both the album and music reestablished him as the visionary existentialist he had been on the debut album, Cathedral.
The content of In The Vines was generally more poignant, but more importantly he had refined the dynamic side of the equation. The album?s music sounds like accompanying the storytelling with matching sound development.
The sound notably in Rain Will Come, toys first with acoustic calm and then with apocalyptic noise. In the six-minute Three Months Paid, the music is drenched in a disorienting electronic soundscape.