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Singing songs runs deep in Edward Castelow’s blood. Before he could successfully climb down from the couch he was festooning atop the family lounge suite singing the theme to The Greatest American Hero for whatever family member would listen. Fast forward to the 2000s and Castelow has pumped his musical blood into an array of indie bands from degrees.k, to The Ruby Suns, The Brunettes, Anthonie Tonnon and The Conjurors. His love of forward thinking, vintage-leaning song writing has never subsided and across his 10 year career releasing under the Dictaphone Blues moniker, Castelow has played on every stage NZ has to offer, while carving out a niche for himself as one of New Zealand’s true indie voices.
Returning this winter, Castelow lifts the lid on a new EP; a five song offering entitled Elastic Meditation.
Like a champion sweeper in a curling match dusting the ice smooth, the early singles Bully -which Pilerats described as an “psych/fuzz/blues/pop explosion” - and the futuristic love song When Your Simulation Crossed Mine- which The Music described as “a bubble of happiness” - have paved the way for a full EP of catchy guitar pop, released on June 29th.
The EP release coincides with the new single Bang Bang Bang and the accompanying video directed by Charlotte Evans.
Elastic Meditation was mixed and recorded by renowned UK producer Dave Eringa, known for his work with Manic Street Preachers and Kylie Minogue, which was the perfect pairing for songwriter Edward Castelow who wanted the EP to sound like something in between both those artists.
The lyrical content of the EP explores life, love and the universe; Brian Tamaki's blaming the Kaikoura earthquakes on homosexuality; hair; finding love in a life which may be a computer simulation; and the bully you might have known at high school.