NZ Music Month: Eddie Castelow recommends...

By Hugh Sundae

It's New Zealand Music Month - the perfect opportunity to go in search of something new. Each day we're asking a member of our local creative fraternity to throw a little limelight on an artist or group they want you to know about.

Eddie Castelow  Photo / Jenna Todd
Eddie Castelow Photo / Jenna Todd

"I think a musical friend posted a link to their song Hallucinogens.

"I had a listen, downloaded their album and couldn't stop listening to it for a week," says Dictaphone Blues frontman Eddie Castelow, of how he came to love Wellington's The Boxcar Rattle.

"They sound like something in-between Violent Femmes, Bob Dylan and some kind of 60s retro kinda thing.

"The kid that's the songwriter has just got this great turn of phrase, I really like his lyrical delivery," Castelow says.

If that's the case they're qualities they both share.

"He says things like 'hipster hobos down the alley way / listening intently to what Bob Dylan say', then sings the next line like Bob Dylan.

"So I was just drawn to him because of the foreshadowing and animation and stuff like that."

Castelow actually demonstrated how that Bob Dylan line is sung, but it's impossible to put that experience in words.

Luckily you can listen for yourself below, or download the full album for free here.

The Boxcar Rattle: I Don't Need No Help From the Government

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