Curt Castle’s debut album, If I’m Here At All, attempts to answer the question: How do we redefine ourselves when the foundations of our lives disappear? An uninhibited examination of his past, of his fears, of his loss and of his hopes for the future, Curt Castle’s music is starkly vulnerable and honest, and fundamentally human.
The album features a sonic landscape built on dynamic arrangements inspired by Harry Nilsson, soaked in synthetic sound reminiscent of Thomas Dolby’s production work, and occasionally interspersed with electric guitarmony. The main engine of the songs are the up front emotion of the lyrics and the catchy melodies they ride on. “Chances,” the first track on the record, is a piercing look at a relationship on the verge of falling apart. “All the Love in the World” looks at living with grief where each breath feels like an act of survival and triumph. And “Across State Lines (Supernova)” finds cautious hope in new love.
Now, Curt Castle has built up a high energy live show honed while opening around the country for headliners like GIVERS, Dent May, Roadkill Ghost Choir and many others. There’s a full band bringing the songs to life. In these live environments, If I’m Here At All’s songs about loneliness create an atmosphere of togetherness.