Speaking of Pink Mountaintops, Stereogum today posts a new song from Castanets, a similarly veteran one-man/big-band psychedelic folk act. “Worn From the Fight (With Fireworks)” is as good a title as any–like most Ray Raposa compositions, the song is low-key and dazed and a certain kind of exhausted. But the details here make the thing come into focus–glitchy, clicking computer percussion; watery, hyper-synthetic bass; and a lovely trace of echo washing over everything. It’s also romantic as hell, in a quiet way: “When I arrive from the endless drive to you sitting on the steps,” sings Raposa, “I’ll step with all of me to meet you there, my dear.” Hear the track here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 6, 2009