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Raymond Byron is Raymond Raposa, the force behind woozy Americana-psych outfit Castanets, and this debut under the moniker Raymond Raposa and the White Freighter takes a detour deep into the back country. With a few Castanets players contributing, Raposa paints bleak, black and white portraits of loneliness, restlessness and bad behavior, with a stripped down, spare style. Raposa’s voice often recalls Bob Dylan’s well-worn warble, notably on straightforward, acoustic singer-songwriter tunes like “You’ll Never Surf Again,” and “Whipoorwill.”  When his voice snakes through dirge-paced high hats and synth oscillations on the downward spiral that is “Stateline,” or croons on “Little Death Shaker” he is a mesmerizing presence. With his distinctive voice and bold accents of corrosive guitar, ominous bass and piano, and atmospheric keyboards — not to mention dead-quiet space and echo —  the collection conveys an impressive richness. “Allegiance” feels like Sonic Youth and Woods having fun backstage, and Talia Gordon’s sweet-sour tones interlaced with banjo on Kate Wolf’s “You’re Not Standing Like You Used To” is a gorgeous bit of dark folk.

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Mazzy star sounds with some Gordon Lighfoot guitar added. With a great pair of voices which compliment eachother perfectly. Either way I bought the album after a few previews. And I am very happy I did.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

An enigmatic songwriter with a dark and often beautiful view on the wasteland that so many lives drift into when the American Dream either crashes or is about to, Raymond Raposa did his research into such things after testing out of high school at the age of 15 and leaving on an extended four-year Greyhound bus trip that took him all over the U.S. That sort of restlessly searching nature drives Raposa's music, both lyrically and as a soundscape. He initially released his brand of dark, psychedelic...
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