First Lights Freeze
Castanets return with a dark, mutant-country sound infused with strands of free-jazz and a late-70's Nashville big-radio strut hijacked by post-punk unravelers. The result is a beautiful mix of somber reflection, destination-unknown travelogue, and subversive anti-war boogie. While "Cathedral" explored the themes of domesticity and the architecture of conflict, "Freeze" confronts the mythology of war and friendship. The story resembles an ancient documentary on relationships, the close proximity of things painful and pleasurable, and the complications of this as a paradigm for the world.