February 25th, 2009 | by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Gavin Castleton "Coffeelocks," Home (Five One Records)

     
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gavinAfter opening with retro guitar chords that recall Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man," the sweet boy-meets-girl story of Gavin Castleton's "Coffeelocks" quickly begins to unfold in its coffee shop setting. First up to the pitch is Castleston's voice, serving as first-person narrator of in this minimum wage, lovey-dovey storyline. Soon his voice meets Lauren Coleman—who serves as "the girl" in this equation—in the role of the female job applicant as the song shifts to her perspective with a solo vocal take. While the music follows a similar path, at the same time it undergoes a slight twist for her verse, becoming more electric and helping to build the idea of contrasting, yet similar, viewpoints.

The continual question throughout the track is "Was this love?" By the end of the song, when their voices meet again and the music swells, it does appear so. And I can say there's definitely a lot of love on my end when it comes to "Coffeelocks."

["Coffeelocks" is just one track on Home, which is a multi-part zombie rock opera. I'm not making this up. Check out our review of the record.]

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Gavin Castleton plays Someday Lounge on March 4th with Ryan Dolliver, the Spinning Wheels, and the Hugs.

Links:
Gavin CastletonSpace
Gavin Castleton official site
The Great Consolidation - Gavin Castleton blog

Photo courtesy of Gavin Castleton
 
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