Little Death Shaker
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Raymond Byron is Raymond Raposa, the force behind the woozy Americana-psych outfit Castanets, and this debut under the moniker Raymond Raposa & 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 hi-hats and synth oscillations on the downward spiral that is “Stateline” or croons on “Little Death Shaker,” he's a mesmerizing presence. With his distinctive voice and bold accents of corrosive guitar, ominous bass, piano, and atmospheric keyboards—not to mention dead-quiet spaces and echoes—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” make for 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.
Years Active: '10s
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