Castratii, “Low Profile”

Ari Spool

I don't know what Leila Moss, formerly of the Duke Spirit, currently of Castratii, looks like, and I'm sure that while the image is a simple Google search away, I'm going to leave it a mystery for now, while I think about this new single, “Low Profile”. Moss's voice is a low alto, with a good bit of smoker's hoarseness added in, in a Kathleen Turner kind of way. But Moss is in the shadows, which Kathleen Turner never was. I also don't know where Moss is from, although it's likely she's Australian, like the rest of the group; however, she masticates syllables and rolls them around in her mouth, giving the words a weird distance from any geographical place. Without the orientation of an image, or place, we are left to take Moss' vocals at face value; they are slow-moving and snake-like. She draws the song out, as far as it can be stretched, with a hovering synthetic torch of organ mounted in the mix right below her, and a bass drum and percussive echo that are also extended laterally through the meter. Drawing out the unoriented melody in this fashion is an almost Lynchian capability, and it's giving me a little bit of the creeps. Maybe it's time to do that Google search.

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Castratii, “Low Profile”

“Low Profile” is the closer on Time No Place's release of Castratii's Eora, for which the haunting image above is the cover art. It is released tomorrow – ask for it in your local record dispensary.

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