• picastro You (CD, £6.25)

    label: Function

    Function Records are delighted to announce details on the new album from Toronto’s Picastro. "You" is the follow up to 2010's 'Become Secret'. Picastro began in Toronto in 1998 when the Toronto music scene was predominately catering to loud rock bands with Liz Hysen, Stephanie Vittas and Kurt Newman. Since then, the band has continued in many forms with its current band members consisting of Liz Hysen, Brandon Valdivia and Nick Storring. Commanding influences as varied as gypsy field recordings, Greek rembetika, Russian folksongs, Faces, and Black Sabbath, Toronto's Picastro craft starkly discordant soundscapes where murmured vocals cascade alongside a rich panorama of dissonance and string-laden dynamics. The band have toured extensively over the past 10 years alongside the likes of Scout Niblett, Nadja, Cerberus Shoal, Xiu Xiu, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler, Dwayne Sodahberk, Broken Social Scene and many other wonderful artists across North America and Europe as well as appearing on BBC radio and the influential WFMU. Picastro has also played a number of festivals including SXSW (Austin), CMJ (NYC), Incubate (Netherlands), Rhaaa Lovely (Belgium), Žedno Uho (Croatia), Tanned Tin (Spain), Suoni Per il Popolo (Montreal) and NXNE (Toronto). Tracklisting: 1 Mountain Relief 2 Two Women 3 Endlessly 4 Vampires 5 That’s It 6 Temur 7 Judas Claim 8 State Man 9 Baron in the Trees 10 February


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