CD released: Aug 18, 2009

1. Dalliance
2. East St. O'neill
3. The Sun Is Always
4. Sweetest
5. Sleep Drives
6. Like You Believe T
7. America In '54
8. Glorious
9. The Great Avalanche
10. Perfect Movie
11. Sodium
12. Starry Eyedto Love You
Cat No: TONECD026
Barcode: 5024545548921
Packaging: CD Jewel Case

Castro's maturity as an artist is apparent from the first track, as she adapts "Dalliance" by The Wedding Present, making it her own by layering pedal steel and acoustic guitars. It's a wry, subtly arch choice to launch this particular solo debut. In one of the album's highlights, de Castro strikes a darker tone with Hank Starrs's "East St. O'Neill." With a deceptively languid start and sparkling imagery, it builds slowly on a theme of murder and sorrow, rising on the strength of rousing chord changes that are disturbingly catchy, given the subject matter. As the album progresses, a rich array of styles and subjects take their spin across the dancefloor. Dean Hawksley's "The Sun Is Always Sweetest" by is a bittersweet, country-tinged waltz. Two compositions by Astrid Williamson (Goya Dress) - "Glorious" and "To Love You" - are swirling torch songs. The composers also include Mike Chylinski (Drugstore), Simone White (composer of "The Beep Beep Song," which was used in an Audi advertisement), Johnny Daukes (Eurotrash), and Paul Hiraga (Downpilot). de Castro does an expert job of filtering their material through her own self-assured aesthetic, while directing an outstanding band in the process. A Casa Verde is an unpretentious, lovingly assembled pop album; a simple collection of songs. But as a project, the album hangs together in a positively conceptual way, one that vivifies Terry de Castro's life and the lives of her friends.