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Singer-songwriter Alistair Bundale has adopted the name Castleman for his new solo project, after making a mark as the lead singer and guitarist of the band Donalyn. He began his career in 2009 with the solo album Homestead, which earned the Best Acoustic Album award at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
Castleman was also nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award this fall, and the debut Castleman album, The Weight, is being readied for release via the Epidemic Music Group. Whetting our appetite for it is the title track single and the new video clip for it. The video intersperses old home movie style footage and shots of Bundale playing guitar and singing the tune. The rather grainy and fuzzy old footage rather complements the slightly blurry quality of Castleman's vocal delivery. The song (no, not The Band's classic) reminds us a touch of City and Colour, and it slowly builds in intensity in appealing fashion.
A label bio notes that "the warm sound and introspective lyrics of the album are a reflection of his years growing up in Casselman and Nova Scotia and how these early experiences filter his perception of the current state of affairs in society today... The Weight is an album that strives to deconstruct the issues that shape and affect daily routines in an attempt to understand the human psyche and emotional complexities of the modern world." Weighty themes indeed.
The album was recorded at The Chandelier Room with producer Kevin Ker. You can check it out here. Castleman plays a Toronto release show at The Old Laurel on Nov. 28, and is clearly an artist to keep an eye on.