Being just a few years into their career, Cassia has come a long way from BBC introducing stages at festivals and being known as “that band from Facebook” with their single ‘100 Times Over’ appearing on nearly everyone’s news feed. Nearly five years on, with a full-length album and multiple singles under their belts, the band are back with a new EP.
‘Powerlines’ showcases the band’s trademark brand of sun-tanned indie-pop to its full extent. With songs built on feel-good hooks and sweet, melodic guitars, these four songs are as catchy as ever. The second track ‘Do Right’ has a great call-and-response style chorus, chanting “for me, for you, for all” which sounds like it was made for a tipsy festival crowd to sing along to.
Closing track ‘Don’t Make A Scene’ is true to its title being a subtle and laid-back jam, with crisp hand-claps and hooks elevated by the backing vocals it very much feels like the kind of song to be played while sitting around a campfire. It’s simple charm resulted in the song being made Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record’ with Annie Mac.
When listening to this EP, what really stood out to me was how tight the rhythm section of this band is. With some almost samba style rhythms popping up on tracks such as ‘Drifting’ mixed with vibrant yet laid-back funk passages, the bands attention to groove is so detailed. The totally locked-in feel of Cassia’s bassist and drummer allows for the vocals and lead guitar to flow smoothly and fit perfectly into place on top.
Also, the sparkling production of these tracks perfectly compliments the feel-good vibe that is projected from them. At the risk of making the EP feel quite one-dimensional at times, the band have clearly stuck to the sound they’re comfortable with. However given their unique blend of genres and impressive song-writing, their latest effort still remains fun and engaging.
‘Powerlines EP’ is available on all major streaming services via BMG on the 29th of January. Happy listening!
Cassia promises to start “the biggest party ever” when they’re able to make a long-awaited return to touring. They’re scheduled to play the following dates in April, and plan to embark upon a more comprehensive tour later in 2021. Tickets for the shows listed below are available from their official website.