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London-based Air Castles started in 2008 as the solo project of then 19-year old Swedish-born singer-songwriter Max Mansson.
Produced by Magnus Lindberg of Cult Of Luna, debut EP 'Night and Day' was released later that year on Mansson's own label 'Winter Hymns Records'. The Guardian described the effort as "spirited, piano driven melancholia...well worth hearing." Music magazine Rock Sound labelled the debut effort "fantastic", and referred to it as "sublime crystalline indie ... that will appeal to fans of Jeniferever, Sigur Rós, Death Cab For Cutie and Band of Horses alike". EP track 'Broken Watches' was used in the DVS Skate & Create 2009 skateboard video, attracting a large following on YouTube.
Encouraged by the positive response to the EP, Mansson started writing new songs for a full length album, while establishing a live set-up together with Luke South and Jonathan Rogers, both of whom now form the band together with Mansson.
Air Castles have performed alongside artists such as Shout Out Louds, Peter Bjorn and John, Shearwater, Feeder, The Pipettes, and toured Europe in 2011 with Swedish indie pop band Last Days of April. Air Castles also performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 as one of the select bands invited to play the BBC Introducing stage.
Debut album 'Lights' was recorded in 2010 and all instruments and vocals featured were performed by Mansson apart from drums and percussion which were performed by Magnus Lindberg. The album was produced by Mansson and Lindberg at Tonteknik Recording in Umeå, Sweden.
The first single 'Gold' will be released in September 2011 on Winter Hymns Records.
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