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Castanets: Tendrils

Format
DVD
Number of Discs
1
Release Date
05/20/2008
Studio
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Length
160
Rating
NR

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To describe the San Francisco-based indie rock ensemble Castanets as "unique" would veer into extreme understatement. A group that pulls from country, experimental rock and folk in about equal measure, it was founded by super-intellectual Raymond Raposa, who resisted the traditional notion of setting up a band with fixed members and instead kept his lineup of accompanists and collaborators extremely fluid from recording date to recording date. Taking this notion one step further, Raposa and label project manager Michael Kauffmann opted for an iconoclastic strategy in planning the music video footage for The Castanets' album In The Vines; Raposa, firm in his belief that a song should not necessarily have "a definitive version," decided to carry this notion over to the music video arena for +Vines. He thus created wholly new and different takes of the songs - many recorded with different vocalists than those who appear on the record - and grounded the visual element in a collage of images (many of them pioneered by Brooklyn photographer Mia Ferm) that recall the cinema of such directors as Jonas Mekas and Edo Bertoglio. The footage in question meditates on such subjects as the movement of water, the nature of light, and the doings of Raposa's New York-based social circle. This release incorporates all of the 15 videos in question, including Interlude at Miller's Pond, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2, Sway, Dirty Jokes and Billards, and Strong Animal.

Main Format
DVD
Region
Region ALL
Language(s)
Eng
Sound
DD2
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Castanets: Tendrils