An enigmatic songwriter having a dark and frequently beautiful take on the wasteland that a lot of lives drift into when the American Desire either accidents or is going to, Raymond Raposa did his study into might be found after trying out of senior high school at age 15 and leaving on a protracted four-year Greyhound bus trip that took him all around the U.S. That type of restlessly looking character drives Raposa’s music, both lyrically so that as a soundscape. He in the beginning released his make of dark, psychedelic folk Americana privately as some CD-Rs, and by enough time the Asthmatic Kitty label found the series for wider launch, Raposa as well as the rotating band of music artists he caused had end up being the Castanets. That is the name Raposa’s 1st widely available recording, 2004’s Cathedral — the majority of which was documented inside a cabin in north California’s woodlands — premiered under. A 12 months later on, Raposa and organization came back with First Light’s Freeze. An interval of acute depressive disorder followed, where Raposa was mugged beyond his house in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. In the Vines, Castanets’ third launch, was finished weeks following the mugging; properly dark (but earnest however), the recording premiered in Oct 2007. Documented in three brief weeks inside a Nevada desert motel space (only), the sparse and atmospheric Town of Refuge found its way to 2008, accompanied by Tx Rose, the Thaw as well as the Beasts in ’09 2009. In 2012, Raposa released Small Loss of life Shaker by Raymond Byron as well as the Light Freighter on Asthmatic Kitty, even though technically it had been released by a fresh music group — at least in name — it highlighted lots of the same music artists connected with Raposa’s Castanets recordings, as well as the record explored the same fascinatingly dark Americana place.