Laura Luna Castillo – Foklsonomies (Cassette, 2019)

No.5170

GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker, 10/28/23:

“Folksonomies” by Laura Luna Castillo is a mesmerizing sonic journey that captivates listeners right from the first track, “I See But Say Nothing”. Released in 2019, this album is a testament to Castillo’s ability to weave intricate narratives through her music, creating an immersive listening experience that is as thought-provoking as it is enjoyable.

Each track on “Folksonomies” feels like a distinct character in Castillo’s story, with its own unique personality and voice. This is most evident in tracks like “Ataris Bellum”, where the music explores themes of regret, mourning, longing, and loss. The haunting melody and poignant instrumentation perfectly capture the complex emotions associated with these themes.

The album also includes lighter moments, such as “Without Dust and Shadow”, which maintains a hopeful aura amidst the introspective soundscape. It serves as a gentle reminder of the beauty in life, making the journey worthwhile.

Castillo’s use of synthesizer and 8-bit bloops, combined with stringed instruments and nature recordings, results in a richly textured sound that keeps the listener engaged throughout. The varying moods and themes explored in the album create a dynamic listening experience, reflecting Castillo’s intentional and confident approach to her music.

“Folksonomies” is not just an album; it’s a narrative brought to life through music. Castillo’s compositions grow, evolve, and expand, building towards a larger, more meaningful whole. This makes the album more than just a collection of tracks; it’s a cohesive artistic expression that resonates with listeners long after the music stops. It is a beautifully crafted album that showcases Laura Luna Castillo’s talent as a composer. It’s a must-listen for anyone who appreciates music that tells a story and evokes deep emotions.

Media: Cassette.

Bandcamp URL: https://cudighirecords.bandcamp.com/album/folksonomies


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