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"Future Star"

Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Castillo released a lovely self-titled album full of heartbreaking love songs and glorious, yummy pop. With a voice that echoes Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Travis' Fran Healy coming from a face this cute, well, honey, that's the stuff of fame and fortune. You'll find him performing at almost any Inner Loop rock club as well as the occasional pub, toiling away while you carouse with friends. We promise: You will swoon.

- Houston Chonicle


"The Houston Press"

Tody Castillo is on a roll. His self-titled debut CD has not left the top ten at Cactus since its release in March, and his frequent local gigs continue to win him new fans while delighting his old ones. The CD is remarkably diverse, but if you're looking for comparisons, you could put him in the changer with your Ron Sexsmith and Neil Finn CDs and have a pretty seamless listening experience. - Gregg Ellis


"Tody Castillo"

"Since getting his start at open-mic nights in local clubs nearly a decade ago, Castillo has developed a solid base of songs and fans. Castillo's songs are alt-country gems with a Tom Petty-like rock influence; they draw listeners in with emotional appeal and open-hearted candor. His new album will make Ryan Adams weep with jealousy." - Splendid


"The Morning After"

"I've been a lonely boy, until now," Tody Castillo sings on "This Is Love", from his new self-titled album. And the songs leave the listener with little doubt he's speaking the truth. With titles like "Brainwashed," "Independence Day" and "Fall In Love," one easily gets the sense that Castillo is weaving his lovelorn trials and tribulations into a very creative outlet.

Musically, Castillo owes a bit to alt. country pioneers like Wilco but doesn't let the album get bogged down by ridgedly sticking to one genre. He owes just as much to Tom Petty's pop-rock sensibilities, and it's easy to compare Castillo's songs to another alt. country rocker, Ryan Adams. But where Adams lost himself (and fans) by believing his own hype, listening to this album gives the impression that Castillo would probably be as humble and honest even inf he were someday in a GAP commercial.

Like Adams' work, Castillo's songs spark real emotion - there's something in his songs to which almost every listener can relate. Whether falling in love, mistreating a loved one, or simply pining away for a lost love, Castillo's songs allow brief snatches of familiar introspection. His songs are honest and thoughtful enough to make the listener take a step back, listen intently, and recall similar situations. It's a special quality, and is rare in much of the indie songwriting of today. And with an album of this quality, Castillo's newfound happiness is well-deserved.

- David Cobb, Swizzle-Stick.com


"Todymania!"

Tody Castillo's self-titled new CD hits you with the stealth and power of a pot brownie. It takes a while to digest. You put it in and sit there and go about your business. About 15 minutes in, when Castillo warbles "God Only Knows" over and over again during the masterful crescendo of the song of the same name, it hits you like a ton of concrete. "This stuff is really, really good," you realize amid a rush of endorphines.

It's first class modern pop-rock of a very high order; a lush, layered and melancholy river of sound, comparable to works by Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright and local Aurthur Yoria. Castillo's clear, soaring tenor floats amid streams of guitars electric, acoustic and pedal steel--courtesy of former Yoria sideman Matt Rhodes -- while Paul "Falcon" Valdez's jazzy drums perculate beneath. Its thrills are gentle as those you get floating on the Perdenales River on a summer afternoon when the water is a medium stage - you drift along with the flow, at peace with the world, as the bluebirds flirt through the tall cypresses on the banks. - John Nova Lomax, Houston Press


"Houston Chronicle"

Tody Castillo has every right to be proud. Castillo's lovely, mature songs get lost in the sounds of chattering plates and loud guys watching a game, but listening to the album allows you to spend time with the dreamy arrangements, the quiet moments, the thoughtful lyrics and Castillo's haunting Fran Healy/Jeff Tweedyish voice. There's no reason why Castillo shouldn't be plucked from the "burger gigs" and placed on a national stage. - Sara Cress


Discography

Tody Castillo - Self Titled (2005)

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Bio

Houston, TX – In a town nationally known for producing some of the country’s most successful hip hop and rap megastars in recent years, Houston indie-rocker Tody Castillo has made a name for himself in the city’s rapidly emerging indie-rock scene.

Released in 2005, his self-titled debut CD was the #1 selling record for 2005 at Houston’s popular local independent music retailer, Cactus Music & Video, outselling international artists like Coldplay and U2.

Castillo has crafted an album of heartfelt emotion and beauty. Its 14 tracks guide the listener through introspective (yet poppy) and melodic (yet rockin’) songs that bring to mind similar artists like Josh Rouse, Ryan Adams, Ron Sexsmith and Jeff Tweedy.

Nominated for several local music awards including songwriter of the year, best pop/rock band (2005 & 2006), best local artist and most anticipated release, Tody keeps good company with his equally talented band mates, Paul “The Falcon” Valdez (Winner – Houston Press Best Drummer 2005 & 2006) and Steve Brown (Nominated Houston Press Best Bassist 2006).

For additional tracks, please visit www.myspace.com/todycastillo or www.myspace.com/electricmusicmktg