Castanets forthcoming third album In The Vines is getting a lot of pre-release play over here. We recently posted Marla Hansen’s bug ’n’ plane filled cover of “Sway” and now we have ourselves an exclusive icicle-lined remix of Castanets’ aching, piano harmonizing “This Is The Early Game” by up-and-coming NYC composer SON LUX, aka Ryan Lott. He empties the original of its barroom hiss and softens the corners and lapping brushwork, adding background robot accompaniment to the boy ’n’ girl harmonies.

These homages and re-constructions sound fab (and are deserved), but purists to the end, we’re always suckers for originals. So then, also take a gander at a live, very bearded clip of “This Is The Early Game” and the deep-woods album version MP3 of “Sway” after the jump. Consider this yr Castanets primer…

Some “Sway” for ya…

The ex-surf pro and current Brooklyn gothic-folk expert Ray Raposa’s definitely hitting his stride, as this gorgeous, melancholic slow-dance suggests. Such a lover-ly bramble.

In The Vines is out 10/23 on Asthmatic Kitty.

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  1. the new album is lush dreamy beauty that i didnt really expect from him but believe he can do it. i love the last two albums, but this one is taking the cake i think. its been so green and sunny where i am and its perfect. im excited for it to be released

  2. luv the album…4 all u vines fans out there you chould check out the live set from sxsw…10 free track for download on facebook.

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