JENNIFER CASTLE plays the Horseshoe on May 19. See listing. Rating: NNNNN Listening to Jennifer Castle's new record is like sitting across from her at a small table and immediately engaging with her in an intense conversation. The Toronto musician has an uncanny ability to write folk-oriented songs that are at once direct and confessional.
Jennifer Castle’s debut album Castlemusic (After two EP’s under the band name Castlemusic. Do we add or subtract indie cred points for confusing your potential audience?) is full of quiet, pretty folk songs. Some of them are quite good. “Powers”, for example, combines a slightly ominous-sounding guitar with flute and sparse percussion while Castle sings in a breathy, hazy voice about “new colors” and other psychedelic ramblings.