Hospital Hymns (2007)

by Gavin Castleton

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) After purchasing Gavin Castleton's stunning new album "Here You Go." and listening to it yesterday in a loop, I wanted more of this kind. He has a large back-catalog, and I picked the 2007 "Hospital Hymns" as my next try - a concept album with an unusual concept. And with another set of incredibly well-done post-progressive songs. Favorite track: Hymn 1: Maternity Ward in G Major.
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http://gavincastleton.blogspot.com/2010/05/hymn-1-maternity-in-g-major.html
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http://gavincastleton.blogspot.com/2010/05/hymn-2-womens-care-in-e-flat-major.html
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http://gavincastleton.blogspot.com/2010/05/hymn-3-dialysis-in-g-minor.html
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http://gavincastleton.blogspot.com/2010/05/hymn-4-rehab-in-d-major.html
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http://gavincastleton.blogspot.com/2010/05/hymn-5-er-in-e-flat-major.html

about

Hospital Hymns was inspired by a six month stint as a temp in a RI Hospital stockroom. My job was to run supplies to each of the various departments. It was remarkable to me how spiritually sterile the environment seemed, despite it being home to some of the most emotionally turbulent events in its inhabitants' lives. I was also interested in the dichotomy prevalent between non-unionized stockroom workers and the more "presentable" doctors, nurses, and lab techs who we kept well stocked. The ficitonal 76-year old narrator seemed a fitting guage for my listeners' spirituality: Do you see him as a religious fanatic, completely out of touch with reality? Or as a humble follower who can find beauty and God in the places that those who eschew him cannot - the darkest corners of a bustling, white-washed building?

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released March 13, 2007

All songs written and produced by Gavin Castleton.
All songs were mixed by Gavin Castleton, and mastered by Mark Donahue at Sound Mirror in Jamaica Plains, MA.
All songs recorded at Chung King Studios in NY, The Chainsaw House in Lincoln, RI, and The Clive Davis School Studio in NY.
engineered by Danny Arango, Andrew Henshaw, and Gavin Castleton.

Flute performed by Anne Castleton.
Guitar on tracks 2 and 5 performed by Steve Geuting.
Additional guitar on track 5 by Danny Arango.
Cello, double bass, viola, and violin performed by the Phantom Quartet of NYC.
All other instruments performed by Gavin Castleton.

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Gavin Castleton Portland, Oregon

Gavin has released 9 solo albums and 8 EPs. Over the last two decades he has performed and recorded with acts like The Dear Hunter, Gruvis Malt, Ebu Gogo, Paranoid Social Club, Sage Francis, Club D’elf, Lex Land, Facing New York, and One Drop.

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