Usually I'm totally skeptical about Belmont students making music. I'll be the first to admit that's an unfair position to take, but I've heard enough snoozecore folk ballads and songwriting-by-numbers ditties in my time on campus that I'm at least a little warranted in wantonly dismissing the campus scene. Every once in a while, though, I'll hear something that makes me think twice about my haterade. Like Spider-Friends, Darla Famer and DP before them, Casa Castile (aka Belmont student Andrew Nabuco) is pretty unique in context. His music also kinda rules, as far as I'm concerned.
My first impression about Vake is that it's a nice, dreamy bedroom pop record with some pretty clear links to Animal Collective's less irritating tendencies. Remember how everybody loved Slowmotions when that record hit the blogosphere late last year? This is kinda like that, except a little more psychedelic and experimental. Unlike Slowmotions though, Nabuco fully intends to play these songs live and hopes to have that aspect of the band worked out by Halloween. He also says that he'll already well into another batch of songs for second and, potentially, third releases due out later this year.
You can peep “Shrapnel” off the EP below. If you like that, you can download the whole thing off Mediafire for free.