“It’s hard to say whether he’s becoming a mad genius or a cantankerous curiosity. Either way, it’s a mesmerizing listen.”
Mechanical River is the moniker for Charleston, South Carolina native Joel Hamilton’s most recent musical project — a lo-fi folk masterpiece constructed with fuzzed out, crooning vocals, crunchy acoustic guitar arrangements, and drum machine percussion. In the spirit of true DIY, Hamilton plays every instrument on his debut album Astral Castle, which he recorded and produced himself. Tracks for the album were mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Ben Baptie.