Track: Cassia Share Melancholic Sweller ‘whatstheuse’

Macclesfield-hailing alt-pop trio Cassia share the melancholic yet vibrant sweller ‘whatstheuse’.

Released fresh off the back of a UK tour with Bastille, the band return to their best on ‘whatstheuse’ – a soundscape of resampled piano, tight drums and bass under the emotive lead vocals which capture a sense of fragility and honesty which pulls the track forward with a compelling relatability. Simplistic effective, the track shines bright as it grows before sliding into a boxy, strummed acoustic guitar, contrasting beautifully against the shimmering tones and vibrant harmonies of the ear-worm chorus.

As comparable to Glass Animals as it is to Bombay Bicycle Club but still retaining a more straight commercial edge, the band display their ability to craft interesting alternative musicality whilst delivering tracks that belong in the mainstream.

On the new single ‘whatstheuse’, frontman Rob Ellis explains:

“This song is about willingly coming to terms with a chapter of life that has come to a natural end then suddenly being thrust straight into a completely new and vulnerable beginning. I think that humans tend to not deal very well with being in this position, so that thought was always in the back of my mind when writing the lyrics for this tune.

The song was one of the last songs I wrote on a trip over to Berlin and I didn’t really think that I had enough energy in me to get something written. I was really feeling the pressure and I knew I had to get myself in the zone and make something new. The track was written with a friend of mine who was visiting Berlin and he had this piano loop prepared- we built the track around that loop and it just pieced together seamlessly.”

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