Alistair Bundale, award-wining solo artist and former lead singer and guitarist of the band Donalyn, comes to us now, as his creative self, in a project called Castleman. He describes the warm sound and introspective lyrics of his debut album, ‘The Weight’, as “a reflection of his years growing up in Casselman, Ontario and Nova Scotia and how these early experiences filter his perception of the current state of affairs in society today.”
This reflection produces a masterful, haunting acoustic album with lots of dreamy experimental touches. The lyrics are intelligent, a poignant examination of life that reminds me a lot of The National at times. Lines such as “I just want sparkling eyes // I don’t want Government lies” are just a taste of what you can expect from Bundale’s debut offering.
Something about this album that is truly remarkable is that ALL parts of it were written and performed by Castleman, making him an inspiring and exciting artist to watch unfold. He is, essentially, a modern day one-man band, and that is extremely grand. Alistair’s creative process was then produced, recorded and mixed by Kevin Ker, whose signature touches you can feel in the songs intrinsically – like they truly belong there. This project is beyond exciting.
It would appear that we are not the only ones excited about this project; even prior to the release of his debut album Castleman had already been nominated for an Independent Music Award this past fall.
Watch the video for the title track below and don’t worry, while Alistair’s lyrics might cause your heart to break, his genuine, infectious dance moves will warm the pieces together again. We cannot wait to hear and see more from Castleman.
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Review by Heather Cook | @Outroupistache1