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Another Swing

by Mary Kastle

Jazz, pop, R&B, and soulful grooves with smart lyrics that delve into the intracacies of human encounters. A whip-smart pianist and experimental composer.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Perfect All the Time
5:12 $0.99
2. Secret Garden
3:51 $0.99
3. Down the Wire
3:35 $0.99
4. Fresh Air
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Album Notes
“..One delectable song after another.” – David McClellan, The Fulcrum -University of Ottawa, ON

After a whirlwind 2007 with the release of her demo-EP “Fresh Air”, Mary Kastle’s musical voice is starting to prick some ears. Following two Canadian tours and significant critical acclaim, 2008 found her receiving a FACTOR demo award to start laying the foundations for a full-length studio debut. “Another Swing” is the culmination of that effort - a 4-song EP co-produced with long-time collaborator Paul Shatto that showcases her best songwriting to date.

“Another Swing” embodies Mary’s conceptual approach of bridging the divide between jazz and contemporary pop songwriting. Like chapters in a sonic novel, every song captures a different scenario through sound, colour, and lyric. The opus kicks off with the grinding reggae of Perfect all the Time, with its driving guitar riffs and lazy horn lines, which deliberates the struggles of being put down by your peers. Then the subtle groove of Secret Garden walks us into a dreamy reminiscence of two old lovers who meet randomly on the streets of New York. Down the Wire uses a schizophrenic distorted piano intro to tap into the paranoia of a 21st century fatalistic society, while Fresh Air, the final movement of the suite, gives us a soft landing with its gently prodding chorus and harmonies reminiscent of Wayne Shorter and late era Miles Davis.

Since graduating with her Bachelors of Jazz Studies in Piano from Capilano College, Mary has found herself most at home on the genre-bending fringes of both the jazz and roots circuits and has been deftly building up a following around her hometown of Vancouver, BC. She’s embraced all aspects of the music business and having landed a job as Label Manager at the indie roots label Black Hen Music, has been using her knowledge to develop her own label Star.Bird.Music. in preparation for her 2009 full-length debut. The forthcoming project will be produced by Juno-Award winning avant-folk producer/guitarist Steve Dawson and released in Canada through Festival Distribution. Mary will tour extensively throughout North America and Europe in support of this recording.

For more information or to listen and purchase “Another Swing” please visit www.marykastle.com and/or www.myspace.com/marykastle.



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Ronald Jackson

Canadian-born vocalist/keyboardist Mary Kastle is one truly refreshing artist. Her knack for integrating pop, reggae, jazz, and other exotic forms of music into her repertoire makes her material the consummate melting pot of sound and culture. The blend comes across as oh-so-natural, as though she created a genre all her own and is quite comfortable in its skin. Her sterling, soothing vocals and clever compositions also serve as two of the main ingredients in this delectable mix. Admittedly, I fell instantly in love with her style, albeit only demonstrated on this abbreviated 4-song suite (her full-length debut is in the making, I understand). She released an earlier EP last year entitled Fresh Air.

From the opening notes of “Perfect All the Time” to the final notes of “Fresh Air,” Kastle takes one slowly, delicately, along with her on a melody-rich trip to a land fantastic, completely enveloped by abundantly sweet sounds and warm colors. The only disservice here is that this vocal “find” has restricted her tours to Canada, thereby depriving deserving fans elsewhere of her quality musicianship. We certainly look forward to that changing (she has indicated that she will tour “extensively” throughout North America and Europe in support of her forthcoming full-length debut).

The melodies here are so intoxicatingly sweet--like an exotic age-old fine wine—that I found myself irritated that the tunes were over so quickly and that I had to constantly replay them to keep that “fix” going. Ah, so incredibly teasing is this EP.