Canada-based songwriter Jennifer Castle has been writing and recording music since she was a child and has been part of many bands and collaborations over the years. Her unique skill with the written word first disarmed listeners with the release of her debut record You Can’t Take Anyone (Blue Fog Records) in 2008.
Often cited for her humorous directness and honesty, her latest effort Angels of Death continues her exploration of profound themes around the human condition in her familiar and unpretentious way.
Castle has the voice of a friend who knows the right thing to say because she, like us, doesn’t know the answers. This trait in her writing is both comforting and strangely empowering when met with her ability to transform her particular and peculiar relationship to the word into song. Her work is sometimes fun, sometimes gut-wrenching, but always a celebration of the undeniable togetherness we share in life’s bliss and tragedy. In their bravest moments, her songs explore where those two elements overlap.
Having just wrapped a year of touring in support of Angels of Death, we caught up with Jennifer — now five albums deep into her catalogue — to discuss how she uses themes like death and nature to fight the ways in which the transformative power of words has become so threatened, because of, you know, the patriarchy and stuff.
Read the full Q&A after the jump!