Angels Of Death 8/10
Canadian songwriter’s fine-boned, effortless third
Despite its gloomily foreboding title, Castle’s new countrysoul/folk set is light, lean and possesses a dulcet luminosity. It also sees her considering writing and the Muses, the latter a target of her sly wit on the Parton-ish “Rose Waterfalls”. With an empathetic band featuring strings, keys and pedal steel, Castle alternately pulls the songs into focus with her clear, honeyed voice and lets it drift free inside them. On “Tonight The Evening”, a trippy orchestration swells slowly around her multi-tracked vocal, which falls away to a ghostly exhalation at the end, but the terrific “Texas” could hardly be more different – a lonesome mix of ’70s West Coast folk and ’60s girl-group pop.