Tody Castillo | Windhorse

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by Tody Castillo

Windhorse is full of memorable melodies rather than soft, somber arrangements. It’s informed by death, for sure, but it remains celebratory of life, a singer-songwriter album with a strong pulse and some nicely layered instrumentation. -Houston Chronicl
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Other Side Of Love
3:15 $0.99
2. Set To Lose
4:11 $0.99
3. Best Thing Ever
3:17 $0.99
4. Mustang Island
4:01 $0.99
5. Sad Decision
2:53 $0.99
6. Tall Pines
3:45 $0.99
7. The Shape Of My Heart
4:53 $0.99
8. What Happened To The Magic
4:06 $0.99
9. Hearts On A String
3:46 $0.99
10. Spoken Up Sooner
3:51 $0.99
11. Shot In The Face
4:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
When an artist’s work is as lauded as Castillo’s 2005 self-titled release, it could prove difficult to live up to the expectations. While Castillo doesn’t seem to have tried very hard to avoid that perception–with infrequent live performances and release dates that came and went–thankfully his latest songs dispel any such myth. A deeply personal album, Windhorse finds Castillo opening up about fatherhood, marriage, death, and the inevitable lost love. If anything’s readily apparent, it is that Castillo has matured over the past few years–as a result, so has his songwriting.

He admits past struggles with booze on “Set to Lose” (”I don’t know why I can’t keep the past out of my way / Instead of staying to fight, I hid in a bottle far away”) and sings of tragedy on catchy lead single “The Shape Of My Heart” (”I feel guilty getting older / I don’t want to let you go…I ain’t gonna blame myself anymore”). However, it’s the melodic “Hearts On A String” that shows Castillo at his most vulnerable. On it, he sings “I sleep on the couch instead of with you / I know that makes you lonely, it makes me lonely too / I’m an angry young man, among other things / I thank God for the baby that wears our hearts on a string.”

Much of the album features softly-strummed guitars and subdued instrumentation paired with Castillo’s low-key vocals, and the influences that pepper Windhorse’s 11 tracks are subtle: a hint of ELO (”Sad Decision”), some Tom Petty (”Spoken Up Sooner”), Josh Rouse (”Mustang Island”), and Jeff Tweedy (”What Happened To The Magic”). Castillo’s songs have a universal appeal, and despite the sometimes weighty subject matter of his lyrics the album ultimately leaves the listener with a brighter outlook. Perhaps he best sums up his feeling about the album on “Set To Lose,” on which he sings, “I am all set to lose, maybe this once I’m going to win.”



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