DIGITAL – Another Swing (EP)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)

$9.99

Another Swing embodies Kastle’s conceptual approach of bridging the divide between jazz and contemporary pop songwriting. Like chapters in a sonic novel, every song captures a different scenario through sound, colour, and lyric.

Produced by Paul Shatto at The Sound Kitchen, Vancouver, BC. (2008)

 

 

 

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Another Swing (EP)
Another Swing embodies Kastle's conceptual approach of bridging the divide between jazz and contemporary pop songwriting. Like chapters in a sonic novel, every song captures a different scenario through sound, colour, and lyric. The opus kicks off with the grinding reggae of Perfect all the Time, with its driving guitar riffs and lazy horn lines, which deliberates the struggles of being put down by your peers. Then the subtle groove of Secret Garden walks us into a dreamy reminiscence of two old lovers who meet randomly on the streets of New York. Down the Wire uses a schizophrenic distorted piano intro to tap into the paranoia of a 21st century fatalistic society. While Fresh Air, the final movement of the suite, gives us a soft landing with it’s gently prodding chorus and harmonies reminiscent of Wayne Shorter and late era Miles Davis.

1 review for DIGITAL – Another Swing (EP)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Kastle

    http://www.jazzreview.com

    Canadian-born vocalist/keyboardist Mary Kastle is one truly refreshing artist. Her knack for integrating pop, reggae, jazz, and other exotic forms of music into her repertoire makes her material the consummate melting pot of sound and culture. The blend comes across as oh-so-natural, as though she created a genre all her own and is quite comfortable in its skin. Her sterling, soothing vocals and clever compositions also serve as two of the main ingredients in this delectable mix. Admittedly, I fell instantly in love with her style, albeit only demonstrated on this abbreviated 4-song suite (her full-length debut is in the making, I understand). She released an earlier EP last year entitled Fresh Air.

    From the opening notes of “Perfect All the Time” to the final notes of “Fresh Air,” Kastle takes one slowly, delicately, along with her on a melody-rich trip to a land fantastic, completely enveloped by abundantly sweet sounds and warm colors. The only disservice here is that this vocal “find” has restricted her tours to Canada, thereby depriving deserving fans elsewhere of her quality musicianship. We certainly look forward to that changing (she has indicated that she will tour “extensively” throughout North America and Europe in support of her forthcoming full-length debut).

    The melodies here are so intoxicatingly sweet–like an exotic age-old fine wine—that I found myself irritated that the tunes were over so quickly and that I had to constantly replay them to keep that “fix” going. Ah, so incredibly teasing is this EP. – Ronald Jackson

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