Robin Storey (Rapoon and ex-Zoviet France), Robert Pepper (Pas Musique), and Shaun Sandor (Promute) met in 2011 when they performed in Brooklyn at Cafe Orwell and they just clicked immediately. Starting as colaborative duos, they decided to work as a trio and so Old Castle was born, and incarnation of synergy drawn from the experience and creativity of each member. Given that each participant has a vast and varied catalogue of music the end result is hard to classify and simply saying “it’s experimental music” doesn’t do it justice.
The tracks bear echoes of Coil. You can clearly feel shamanistic approach to sound creation with influences of IDM and LSD (the substance, not the Coil album). The album starts in a dark mood, then becomes more rhythmic, colorful and abstract, ending with a droning horror (ironically titled “Mummy Love”). Along the way you will hear unexpected appearances of classical instruments like trumpets, pianos, or violins, and even less obvious, didgeridoo, which brings to mind aboriginal trance-inducing music. Everything is veiled in mystery and eeriness. Overall, the experience evokes a wild acid trip with all its lighter and darker aspects.
The cover art was made by Magdalena Eftimova, which after listening goes with the music perfectly. Bits of colours, textures and shapes turn into acidic-yet-coherent images, all of which goes with music.
CD edition of 400 copies in a six-panel digipack
1. Earth Crawlers 06:11
2. Silver Strings 05:04
3. Elephant Imagination 04:25
4. The Sun at Midnight 05:05
5. Sandman 06:41
6. Sticky Tongue 05:10
7. Finger Clubs 06:12
8. Mummy Love 07:45