Since the early 2000s, Portland-based songwriter Raymond Raposa has been releasing ambling and eccentric folk as Castanets. On August 19th, he’ll return with his sixth studio album, Decimation Blues, due out via long-time label Asthmatic Kitty. Billed as “twelve seemingly offhand, secretly meticulous tracks that we can hunker down in,” our first taste of the record comes with “Out for the West”.
Here, Raposa sings with a somewhat deadpan delivery, recalling Kurt Wagner of Lambchop or Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Creating a lyrical portrait of buying a Vanity Fair and cheap Nikes in 1994, Raposa has a similar knack for vivid storytelling as fellow baritone Leonard Cohen.
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