Ok, it’s an EP in name but the version I have only has two songs on it, the CD version having an extra track. It is a modern view of the story of the sword of Damocles. When I tell you that Alessandro, he who is Casador, is an Argentine living in Italy whose parents moved to Europe to escape political persecution, then you have quite a back story.
Story Of Damocles starts with a buzzing radio, then moves into delicate backing and Alessandro’s gorgeous choral voice, sounding like Sigur Ros in a more relaxed moment. The piano sounds slightly funereal, yet somehow uplifting as it moves the tune along, like fog across a misty moor. Some lovely harmonica comes in towards the end to finish the song on a suitably maudlin note. The Puritans is more straight forward, a brooding pop song almost. Vocally there’s a touch of Colin Meloy this time, but with murk to the edges to keep it special. It’s an odd song, bubbling along not doing too much, but its great in its difference to most tunes out there. The EP is a good introduction to Casador and I’m looking forward to hearing what he does next.
The Puritans EP is self released and out now. You can listen to the tunes at the Casador myspace here and download them for free here