iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from First Light's Freeze by Castanets, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

First Light's Freeze

Castanets

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

As intense and searching as their first album and even more ambitious, Castanets' First Light's Freeze moves beyond the spiritual crises of Cathedral to work through the difficulties of war and friendship. Even as the group uses some of the same structural techniques from Cathedral, such as the interludes that introduced and punctuated sets of songs, Castanets explore and experiment with their sound in ways that couldn't have been conceived of based on their debut. Though both albums share a similarly charged but quiet, late-night intensity, with different themes come a different sonic palette. Keyboards, saxophones, and tick-tocking drum machines join the subversive country and folk influences of Cathedral for an even more dramatic meeting (and sometimes, collision) of old and new sounds. The terse warning of "Good Friend, Yr Hunger" could easily be older than dirt, but the way "No Voice Was Raised" builds into a frenzy of anguished electronic noise is utterly contemporary. As on Cathedral, Castanets' examination of their given themes isn't especially literal; even when they declare that "the war is on" on "Into the Night," their true feelings come out more through the sound of the music than the words that accompany it. And, despite a few noisy outbursts — and the wry commentary of "A Song Is Not the Song of the World" — First Light's Freeze is more sad than angry, particularly on the title track and "Bells Aloud." Indeed, it's the farthest thing from strident and confrontational: sparkling nighttime laments like "All That I Know to Have Changed You" and "Reflecting in the Angles" are purely lovely. However, these songs, and the rest of First Light's Freeze, serve as a reminder that beauty can be a bold form of protest in ugly times.

Biography

Formed: San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

San Diego's Castanets borrow from country, folk, and experimental rock and turn them into a sound that's equally moody and inspiring. The band, which features a revolving cast of supportive musicians (including members from Pinback, Rocket from the Crypt, and Tristeza), centers on singer/songwriter Raymond Raposa, who explored the U.S. for four years via Greyhound bus after testing out of high school at age 15. This searching, traveling nature extends to his music, which he initially released as...
Full Bio
First Light's Freeze, Castanets
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Influencers

Contemporaries