Hear Castanets Spin-Off Raymond Byron and the White Freighter's Raucous 'Allegiance'

Ray Raposa / Photo by Kat Gardiner
Ray Raposa / Photo by Kat Gardiner
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

No longer are Ray Raposa's songs shrouded in atmosphere. After five albums of bleak, moody Americana with Castanets, the itinerant singer and songwriter has a new band, Raymond Byron and the White Freighter. The group's debut LP, Little Death Shaker, arrives on September 4 via Castanets' usual home, Asthmatic Kitty Records. The musty biker-bar rock'n'roll of the album's advance track, "Allegiance," is hardly glossy, but it signals a newfound clarity for Raposa. "I woke up feelin' / Bo-hold as shit / A little sore, and a little sick," he begins over an electrified clatter. Just that casually, he strikes out with a hard-boogie-ing new ensemble that sounds built for the road. You could call this band Guitars, Keys, Bass, and Drums — well, and there's surely a shiv somewhere within earshot, too.

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