Castanets (band)

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Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres Psychedelic folk, Alternative Country
Labels Asthmatic Kitty

Castanets is the musical project of Raymond Raposa, a San Diego native currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He grew up in the Mission Beach area and worked as a surf instructor.[1] While Raposa is the only constant member of the band, his records and live performances often feature an extensive rotating cast of musicians, the line-up often changing from night to night in a single tour. First touted by Pitchfork Media, Castanets were one of the more prominent proponents of the so-called freak folk movement (also known as psychedelic folk and New Weird America) that took place in the U.S. music scene in 2003-04.[2]

In addition to his regular touring, Raposa toured the east coast's Intracoastal Waterway in a sailboat with singer-songwriters Jana Hunter and Red Hunter (aka Peter and the Wolf) in August 2006.

Raposa's most recent record, Decimation Blues, was released in 2014 by the Asthmatic Kitty label.[3]



  1. ^ "Quit Your Day Job: Castanets - Stereogum". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Interviews: Castanets". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Castanets". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 

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