by Andrew Sacher

Jennifer Castle

Canadian folk singer Jennifer Castle, who previously existed under the moniker Castlemusic, released her first album under her own name (though the album is titled Castlemusic) on April 26 in Canada via Chad Vangaalen's Flemish Eye label. Jennifer was accompanied by Dave Clarke and engineer Jeff McMurrich (Fucked Up, Owen Pallett), who recorded and mixed the album. She brought in friends to help out with piano, organ, flute, vibes, and pedal steel to accompany her voice and guitalele.

Jennifer's brand of folk exuberates with time-honored melodies and arrangements not unlike fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell. You can grab the songs "Neverride" and "Powers" off the album above, and purchase the album download or CD/LP from Flemish Eye. Also check out the videos (filmed by Mitch Fillion) of Jennifer's performance of "Powers" and "Poor as Him" on Southern Souls below.

Jennifer plays NXNE in Toronto on June 16 at WrongBar with Fucked Up, whose new album we recently mentioned Jennifer provides guest vocals on (she has also backed them on at least one older record). She'll play another NXNE show on June 18, the Flemish Eye/Weird Canada showcase, with her labelmates Chad Vangaalen and Braids, and Grimes and Duzheknew.

After NXNE, Chad Vangaalen heads out on short US tour with Nat Baldwin including the previously mentioned Music Hall of Williamsburg show on June 21. Hospital Ships also open that show and tickets are still available. Updated dates below.

All tour dates (though none in the US for Jennifer yet), videos, and Castlemusic stuff below...

Jennifer Castles - "Powers" on Southern Souls

Jennifer Castles - "Poor as Him" on Southern Souls

Castlemusic Shrine

"This is a shrine dedicated to the experience of making and releasing Castlemusic. It's built on the piano I was given for my birthday two years ago and began writing on for the first time. 'Way of the Crow' was one of the first songs I wrote on it." [Weird Canada]



Castlemusic Tracklisting:
1 Summer
2 Neverride
3 Powers
4 Way of the Crow
5 You Don't Have to Be
6 Misguided
7 Remembering
8 Poor as Him
9 The Friend


Jennifer Castle -- 2011 Tour Dates
June 16 :: Toronto, ON at WrongBar (NXNE) with Fucked Up
June 18 :: Toronto, ON at Great Hall (NXNE) Duzheknew, Braids, Chad Vangaalen
June 23 :: Calgary, AB at Marquee Room w/ Zola Jesus
July 29 :: Sackville, NB at SappyFest
August 6 :: Kingston, ON at Wolfe Island Festival

Chad VanGaalen - Peace On The Rise

Chad Vangaalen -- 2011 Tour Dates
JUN 18 The Great Hall w/ Braids, Jennifer Castle, Duzheknew Toronto, ON, CANADA
JUN 19 Castaways, Ithaca, New York *
JUN 20 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, Washington *
JUN 21 Music Hall of WilliamsburG Brooklyn, New York *
JUN 22 TT the Bears w/ Boston, MA *
JUN 23 Il Motore, Quebec, QC, CANADA *
JUN 25 Plaza Theatre / Sled Island FestivaL Calgary, AB, CANADA
JUL 29 Sappyfest Sackville, NB, CANADA
AUG 3 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
AUG 4 King GeorG Koln, Nordrhein-, GERMANY
AUG 5 Puschen Fest @ Festaal KreuzberG Berlin, GERMANY
AUG 6 Sommerfest Biesenthal, GERMANY
AUG 7 Klub 007 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
AUG 9 Terraneo FestivaL Sibenik, CROATIA (local name: Hrvatska)
AUG 11 Way Out West @ PusterviksbareN Gothenborg, SWEDEN
AUG 12 Vega Copenhagen, DK
AUG 17 Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 18 Captain's Rest Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
AUG 19 Edinburgh Fringe Festival @ Sneaky Petes Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
* w/ Nat Baldwin

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