Terry De Castro has a busy history, having played with The Wedding Present, Cinerama and Goya Dress. Solo, she steps away from the bass guitar with which she has made her name and steps to the mic, where she delivers heartfelt Americana. You Can’t Separate Light is her second solo outing, released by Scopitones on clear vinyl.
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God knows who is in the Wedding Present these days. It used to be Dave, Keith, Paul, Simon and people like that so you'd think that someone called Terry would fit in perfectly. Terry De Castro has been part of the latter day WP line up of Dave plus anybody who's about. She was also in Goya Dress back in the day. Dave pays her back by releasing this 10" on his Scorpitones label but pretty much thereon the similarities disappear.
De Castro plays a style of Americana that brings to mind the hushed likes of Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star. It's all quietly strummed acoustic guitars, pedal steels and brushed drums. I was slightly concerned by the waltz time opener 'Old Song to Pieces' that this might be a bit Bob Harris middle of the road for me but it is saved by that old classic move - good songs. The standout is 'Supermarket Flowers' which has that hazy desert-y feel that PJ Harvey has at times but sprawls into a really impressive chorus. Plus point for 'The Straight Story' style viola.
Good quality understated singer songwriter stuff that will appeal to fans of Neko Case.
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