Reviews:: Jennifer Castle Castlemusic

Jennifer Castle’s voice is as haunting as a prophecy told by the cards or a fortune tellert. On Jennifer’s debut release under her own name, her voice soars, aches, and creaks as she navigates through tales of death and loss and poverty. Without question, Castle’s pen is sharp (she contrasts welcoming seasons and images with tales of hurt, loss and anguish) and her voice strong enough to deliver icy emotion (“Remembering”) or hints of optimism with equal success.

 

But even as unique and intriguing as Castle’s voice is, the biggest successes of Castlemusicare the hazy collages she and her friends create. Vibes, organ and pedal steel weave around Jennifer’s vocals and transform folk, country (just listen to the reverb and fuzz of the electric on the Dolly/Loretta worthy “Poor as Him”) and chugging roots melodies into a much headier, warmer experience. After three heavy songs, the distinctly autumn palette she, Stew Crookes, Paul Aucoin and Mike Overton use perfectly on “Way of the Crow” forces you to close your eyes and smile as you soak in the warmth and dream of escape.

 

With decidedly more atmospheric arrangements then her work under the Castlemusic moniker, Castle and her supporting cast expertly balance texture and large open spaces. It’s rare that a folk artist flourishes when caught alone, one-on-one through your headphones, but that’s exactly where this woman heart softens to warm the coldest of nights and light the darkest of days.

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MP3:: Jennifer Castle - Neverride

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MP3:: Jennifer Castle - Powers
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