M. Caye Castagnetto — „Leap Second“ (Jan. 22, 2021)
Location: Lima, Peru ~ Los Angeles, California
Album release: January 22, 2021
Record Label: Castle Face Records
01. I Invented Disco 3:55
02. Stopping You 2:32
03. Slippery Snakes 2:16
04. Mi Mentira 4:31
05. All Points North 4:00
06. Amor Cabra 2:26
07. Hands on the Business 4:24
08. Until 2:49
09. Street Trees, Evening Green 2:35
10. Chase Water, Blue Moon 6:49
Leap Second features:
✹ Aileen Bryant, Alan Poma, Aimee Goguen, Beatrice Dillon, Ciriza, Chaira Giovando, James Caperton, Josh Theroux, Lisa Holmqvist, Louie Stowell, Marina Vishmidt, Math Bass, MPA, Tommy Barton, and Sara Gernsbacher.
✹ Mixed and Mastered by Edward Plenge at Dragonverde Studios, Lima, Peru
✹ Artwork by Anna Betbeze
BY ROBIN WEBB|FEBRUARY 2ND, 2021| Score: 3/5
⇔ Peruvian born, London and LA producer M. Caye Castagnetto constructs collages of vocals, samples and instrumentations with contributions from musicians and artists like Beatrice Dillon and Aileen Bryant. The album has taken about five years to shape. Occasional Latin rhythms juxtapose almost pagan folk dirges and new wave guitar forming a seemingly complicated mass of parts that fit at awkward angles but have form and pattern.
⇔ Comparisons with Nico and even in places the Velvets themselves are not unfounded, but that’s fleeting as tunes develop, their swerving path never existing in one position but remaining a procession of bits and pieces marching out of step but definitely going in one direction. It’s not a difficult listen, just complicated in an interesting way.
✹ Influenced by a life split between Lima, London, and Twentynine Palms, Peru~born Caye Castagnetto’s Leap Second is an intriguingly personal and hard to classify debut album.
✹ The album is thick collage of samples Caye recorded with different artists and musicians, including Beatrice Dillon and the late Aileen Bryant, that spans 5 years in the making. There is something in Leap Second that tracks the speed of bodies, how they approach and retreat. The 10 tracks are speedy and languid, thick ruffles, and dirges. In parts it feels like you’ve stumbled upon a forgotten incredible 70’s folk record but that feeling gets broken quickly by clever sleights of hand. Caye’s balladry is angular, time is elastic. Each song is a fresh cape. How dandies really mean it, so masc that it’s fay, how the only moment is this one and it’s just passed, etcetera.
“While it doesn’t really sound like anything else, there are moments that feel like a Latin flavored Nico, that’s edging its way towards some of the outings of the Sun City Girls. In my opinion it checks all the boxes, by checking none of them.” — Bjorn Copeland, Black Dice
✹ “A truly interesting conglomeration of loose inspirations and conjurings. A hard to decipher sound all together which makes it worth every moment, A sprinkling of Catherine Ribeiro, Dr. John, Terje Rypdal & Nico. Far out sun~soaked odysseys & moon dappled woodland night creepers.” — John Dwyer