Sandcastle - Wild Legend
“Kassel’s unique voice delivers stellar hooks, one after another” – Sub//Genre
”Kassel manages to make even these pained experiences feel poignant rather than reveling in the darkness they exhibit.” – Beats Per Minute
“I know everyone who counts Tyrannosaurus Rex and Ween in their collection will be hooked for life.” – Big Takeover
“Warping vocals encircle in a heady simplicity. A timeless minstrel tone meshes with modern twists and turns, creating an imaginative hybrid. Bending genres (even mid-song), the band creates a sound that continuously shifts and resonates.” – The Deli Magazine
Strange Mono is announcing the reissue of Sandcastle’s defining 2012 album Wild Legend available for the first time on Vinyl and streaming platforms. Sandcastle has been a staple in the underground circle for over a decade. Defined by his clever lyricism, distinct vocal style, catchy melodies, and relentlessly addictive songwriting. Sandcastle is the moniker for songwriter Sam Kassel, who records the majority of Sandcastle’s output on his own.
Self produced in south Philadelphia between 2011 and 2012. Wild Legend is Sandcastle’s first attempt at creating something that he viewed as “normal” Pop music. Taking inspiration from Greek tragedies, classic literature, mythology, and his time living alone in a yurt in the mountains of Arizona—Without any pretension. Sam’s lyrics are delivered sincerely and take on a mystical Melville-esque tone hinting at truer meanings lying deep within the sub text. It can take time to delve into the depths of Sam’s lyrics, but the accessibility of the music helps cultivate the listener to make the effort. Standouts include the minimal bass centered “ Vision Of The Future ”, the ultra-catchy hooks of ” Skull Valley ”, and the hypnotic “ Soldier Of The Light ”. This reissue LP includes a previously unreleased bonus track “Different Kind Of Paradise” which was recorded shortly after and is finally seeing the light of day. Wild Legend is the kind of album that can be enjoyed over and over by the cultivated listener with increasing pleasure.
Delivered on vinyl for the first time. Proceeds from records sold through Strange Mono are being donated to direct action charities in Philadelphia.
Founded in 2021 Strange Mono is a benefit record label and distro based in Philadelphia, PA. Specializing in bespoke limited edition releases . All the proceeds from our tapes, and 100% of downloads, go directly to the artists choice of mutual aid organization.