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North Wales trio CaStLeS’ music swirls somewhere between Os Mutantes, Ennio Morricone and the misty mountains of Snowdonia, a delightfully hypnotic voodoo groove with reverb soaked melodies.
In 2016, the band, consisting of Calvin Thomas and brothers, Cynyr and Dion Hamer earned their debut performance slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, and also found success playing shows as part of the 'Horizons 12' scheme, which included a recording session at the historic Maida Vale Studios in London.
CaStLeS released their debut album, 'Fforesteering' in November 2016. By December, The Guardian crowned CaStLeS their 'New Band of the Week'.
" ...the end product never ceases to enchant and surprise – which is all you can ask, really. It is simultaneously gentle and powerful."
'New Band Of The Week' - THE GUARDIAN
"‘Foresteering’ is already a firm contender for single of the year, it is a piece of pop genius."
A MUSICAL PRIORITY
"Welsh psych rockers CaStLeS appeared at 2pm - and blew away all expectations."
BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, Leeds Festival
"'PartDepart', a song of hypnotic layers, beautiful sounds and a real sense of space that is sadly lacking in so much modern music."
LISTEN WITH MONGER
"Welsh troupe try out acid-damaged psych on their lo-fi debut"
UNCUT Magazine, April 2017
"Three musicians, one static caravan and a 16-track portastudio. Mix together in the Snowdonian hills and stand back"
SHINDIG! Magazine, Issue 67
"They embrace influences from Super Fury Animals, Django Django and the Beach Boys to name but a few. In doing so, CaStLeS create an engrossing swirling infusion of psychedelic rock, blues and mildly dancey grooves. Title track ‘PartDepart’, with its bubbling hypnotic layers, beautiful sounds, synth loops, enticing guitar riffs and seductive rhythmic groove, is essentially CaStLeS raison d’etre"
BARRYGRUFF Music Blog
"Do yourself a favour and find a peaceful spot to listen and discover this new band. It won’t be long until the Eryri landscape unravels before you."
Band Of The Week - GIGWISE
"Although it's still only early days in the band's fledgling career, CaStLeS' potential is enormous."
DROWNED IN SOUND