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Nick Castro & The Young Elders
Come Into Our House
SAAH042 CD Only
Released: June 27, 2006

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Nick Castro - voice, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, saz, oud, harmonium, whistle, percussion, organ / Wendy Watson - voice, harmonium, bells, chimes / Ryan Kirkpatrick - voice, contrabass, fuzz bass, gong / B'eirth - voice, whistle, harmonica / Brian Dyson - dumbek, rik, frame drums / Chris Guttmacher - nyabinghi drum, mbira, court drum / Tom Wunder - mountain drum, Moroccan tabla / Julia Cunningham - Celtic harp / Martin Salisbury - trombone / John Contreras - cello / Joolie Wood - tenor recorder

Track Listing: Winding Tree - Sleeping In a Dream - Picolina - One I Love - Attar - Voices From the Mountains - Standing on the Standing Stone - Lay Down Your Arms - Promises Unbroken

West Coast psychedelic folkie Nick Castro is currently making some of most dynamic and truly original sounds to emerge from the much-ballyhooed new folk movement. As "freak-folk" and assorted hairy-fairy type labels grab the headlines in the underground, Castro strives for a solemn, serene sort of beauty, summoning utterly melodic incantations in song and sound. Gracefully immersing 60's/70's British Isles acid balladry with Middle-Eastern traditional music and heady, pan-cultural communal jams, Castro succeeds in reaching otherworldly vistas and ocean-spanning folk transcendence. Following up 2005's lauded Further From Grace, Castro unfurls his sprawling third album Come Into Our House, easily his most far-reaching and deeply molecular outing yet.

Previously backed by The Poison Tree, which included Josephine Foster and members of Espers, Nick Castro has assembled a new band of players under the moniker The Young Elders - a truly stellar cast of musicians whose combined resumes include folk and avant rock ensembles Current 93, In Gowan Ring, Damo Suzuki's Network and Cul de Sac. Castro has found a lineup in The Young Elders that fully articulates his vast and grandiose visions, and subsequently Come Into Our House shimmers brightly in sound and scope. An East-meets-West melting pot of instrumentation - from acoustic guitars, upright bass and piano to Celtic harp, Moroccan tabla and nyabinghi drum - Come Into Our House is at once primitive and polished, elaborate yet elusive, effortlessly mating Bert Jansch-style folk song ("Winding Tree"), psychedelic folk rock ("One I Love"), Middle Eastern traditional music ("Attar") and Bay Area acid-raga ("Lay Down Your Arms") to a kind of organic studio Musique Concrete that Can forged on albums like Tago Mago. The results are astonishing, challenging and utterly psychedelic.

By reaching for the sky Castro achieves the heavens, and Come Into Our House is the evidence. A modern acid-folk masterwork.

Discography: Further From Grace CD/LP (CD: Strange Attractors, 2005; LP: Eclipse Records, 2005); A Spy in the House of God CD/LP (Records of Ghaud, 2004; LP out of print)

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For complete news on all things Nick Castro, head to the Castro/Records of Gahud website
Download a free MP3 of "Winding Tree" from Come Into Our House
Nick Castro on Myspace
Press: Dusted "Listed" feature, LA Times interview, Pop Matters, Pitchfork, The Stranger, Harmonium, Left Hip Magazine, Terrascope Online , ArtVoice, Songs: Illinois, Foxy Digitalis, Junkmedia, Indie Workshop, Tiny Mixtapes, Buffalo ArtVoice
Gatefold 2xLP on Daffodelica/Clear Spot of The Netherlands
Further From Grace page
We have copies of Nick Castro's first self-released CD A Spy in the House of God for sale! Few copies left!
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