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Saturday, September 11, 2004

This Is It

More news on the folkie Christian front, although this time from experimental label Asthmatic Kitty (home of Sufjan Stevens). Cathedral, the debut album from Castanets, is a stunning example of what I want in Christian music. It's sonically unique, lyrically intense, and never self-righteous. Raymond Raposa -- who more or less is Castanets -- is one of the promising people on the Asthmatic Kitty, which is rapidly becoming one of the most intriguing labels out there because its artists match smart Christian lyrics with avant music, something sorely lacking in most religious music.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Michael Kaufmann of Asthmatic Kitty records. I appreciate your post and your sentiments. But i wanted to communicate that Asthmatic Kitty is not a Christian label. And in fact, not all the artists associated with the label are Christians. I don't know where Ray stands spiritually, and keep in mind that there is often a degree of fiction in songwriting. We will be putting out more records next year, some by artists I know aren't Christians and probably would be a little wary to be assumed as such. Hopefully in the end the music speaks for itself.

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, you didn't upset me, just wanted to clarify. Thanks for your support and interest.
Michael...dutchko At yahoo

6:42 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

For those of you wondering what Michael's second comment is in response to, I had posted a comment that was essentially an apology and a continued recommendation which Blogger seems now to have eaten.

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