Lynn Castle's songs have been hidden away for half a century.
The Sunset Strip's Lady Barber, who cut the hair of Del Shannon, the Byrds and the Monkees, among others, was shy to share the art of her musical labours. Finding solace in dreams, in fantasy and in the acid laces of 1960s Los Angeles, Castle would retreat to her closet at night and write songs on guitar once her children were fast asleep. The results, which Castle recorded between 1966 and 1967 with pop legends Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood, respectively, were kept relatively secret — until now.
Castle's musical output — finally issued by Light in the Attic as time capsule Rose Colored Corner — is built on the sight and expression of the "lonely out there" from within the colourful, blooming interior of shelter. Experiences of feminine introspection harmonize with a psychedelic, starry-eyed wonder of the wider world that calls to mind the voices of Vashti Bunyan and Kim Jung Mi.
Rose Colored Corner is an alluring acoustic soundtrack led by Castle's echoing, smoky vocals, evoking a sound and feeling that will be familiar to anyone who's spent their evenings alone writing music as a means to connect with those beyond the bedroom walls. "New York" is a wallflower's haunting folk ballad, while title track "Rose Colored Corner," performed with Last Friday's Fire, is filled with all the reverb, tremolo and organ fans of '60s chanteuses dream of.
Unheard melancholic sounds from a phantom of the Summer of Love make up Lynn Castle's long-overdue debut album. Listen to Rose Colored Corner and be possessed. (Light In The Attic)