Release Date: Mar 23, 2018
Record label: Cooking Vinyl / Lionboy Records
But this is not pop in the mainstream sense. It's far from overproduced - in fact it sounds loosely handled and raw, even when featuring much less guitar than she's used before. For all the structured beats and hooks here, Castles contains emotion as bare you'll hear in any pop album ever. This dream-pop LP presents a growth both musically and emotionally.
Lissie spent two albums dwelling in California, first cutting an attempted crossover with Jacknife Lee (2013's Back to Forever) and then creating a West Coast fantasia on 2016's My Wild West, before deciding to relocate to Iowa. Along with the move came a decision to strip away some of the surface sheen of her music. Castles doesn't find Lissie completely abandoning her fusion of shimmering synths and folk-rock, yet the 2018 album finds her shifting focus.