In the Vines

comment
In the Vines
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: In the Vines
Castanets front guy Raymond Raposa grew up in San Diego and today calls New York City home, but his singing voice is distinctly Southern – lonesome and heavy with foreboding portent. In the Vines, his group’s latest effort, feels like a C&W album that refuses to meet the expectations of that label; that is, rich, textured, lush and dark. Dour acoustic shuffles tailspin headlong into static-y dead-ends (“Rain Will Come”) or emerge from lazy electronic cat’s cradles (“Three Months Paid”) with no urgency whatsoever; instead, an easy nonchalance oozes from every string section, horn chart or other instrumental element that surfaces. “I am swimming, I am climbing, I am diving,” Raposa confides near the end, as synth beats butterfly steadily through pedal-steel tides. That hushed, declarative statement doubles nicely as a metaphor for Vines itself and for the many listeners who will find in it a restful locale not entirely beholden to any specific region.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.