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Castanets’ Ray Raposa Dies at 41


Raymond Raposa, the singer-songwriter behind the Castanets, has died on the age of 41. Asthmatic Kitty, Raposa’s longtime label, confirmed the information on Twitter earlier at the moment by way of a assertion offered by the artist’s household. “It’s with nice sorrow that the household of Raymond Raposa announce his passing at the moment,” it reads. “Raymond was a beautiful son, brother, uncle, buddy, and musician. He might be drastically missed.” No explanation for dying has been revealed.

Born in 1981 in Michigan Metropolis, Indiana and raised in California, Raposa examined out of highschool on the age of 15 and left on an prolonged four-year Greyhound bus journey across the US. Following his 2002 collaboration with Nathan Delffs, What Sort of Treatment, Raposa signed to Asthamtic Kitty, the label based in 1999 by Sufjan Stevens and his stepfather Lowell Brams, releasing his first album because the Castanets, Cathedral, in 2004. His work earned important acclaim, bringing Castanets to the forefront of the “freak-folk” and alt-country scene. He issued six extra LPs with the label: 2005’s First Gentle’s Freeze, 2007’s Within the Vines, 2008’s Metropolis of Refuge, 2009’s Texas Rose, the Thaw, and the Beasts, 2012’s Little Dying Shaker, and 2014’s Decimation Blues. His most up-to-date album, launched beneath the moniker Raymond Byron Bond Wire Cur, got here out earlier this yr.

Over time, Raposa’s touring band has featured Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck, singer-songwriters Jana Hunter and Purple Hunter (aka Peter and the Wolf), and John McCauley of Deer Tick. He additionally toured with acts like The Black Coronary heart Procession, Soiled Projectors, Michael Gira, Scout Niblett, and others.

Stevens shared a tribute to the late musician on his Tumblr web page earlier at the moment. “Raymond Raposa handed away yesterday,” he wrote. “He was a vibrant star, an excellent buddy, and a terrific musician. It was at all times such a pleasure and a fierce non secular journey to work with him. Heavy hearts and deep sorrows over right here. Ray, might your soul glimmer brightly on the opposite facet! And will perpetual mild shine upon you. I really like you.”

 



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