South-London-born BRIT School alumna, Caswell crafts a flavour of neo-soul propelled through glimmering chutes of downtempo electronica, resulting in an elaborate forma of pop. She returns with the release of sophomore EP ‘Blindside’, fronted with ‘Surface’ and focused with ‘Stay The Night’.
The soloist grew up immersed in a myriad of musicality, with a punk-rocker turned vinyl dealer mother, in Tulse Hill, South London. Armed with her first microphone as a toddler, Caswell subsequently taught herself the piano and began writing music aged ten. Later in life, moving to coastal Suffolk, East Anglia, she siphoned early songwriting inspiration from some of the most distinctive, celebrated female vocalists of the last century; Kate Bush, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, and cultivating a classification of her own.
‘Stay The Night’ addresses Caswell’s first experiences of agonising rejection, and through her minimalistic subtleties, which are littered throughout the mix, she creates extensive instrumental space. The resulting cavities echo abandonment, while the slinky r&b inclination of the single exhibits a degree of melting maturity.
Caswell details some of the themes on her second EP; “Blindside chronologically follows through significant destructive relationships from my past, and then transitions into a much more positive phase with final track ‘Surface’. Previously I’ve really struggled in regards to upholding my own value and self-worth and I’ve always had a blind-spot for broken or emotionally unavailable men, so not a great mix. I’ve also tended to not see the bad in people I was romantically involved with or the harm that those situations were doing to me until much later.”
She also talks through it track by track; “The EP opens with ‘Stay The Night’, a song I wrote in my bedroom when I was 17 (initially over an instrumental on YouTube by The Weeknd). That was my first experience of real heartbreak and rejection. ‘Hurt Me Bad’ and ‘Control’ were written in 2 other negative phases, and then in my early twenties I started to see this pattern. I analysed my behaviour more and tried to understand it. Blindside ends with imagery of literally rising out of a dark place I didn’t even know I was in, and it’s as much about self-love as it is romantic love. It’s an empowering song for anyone who leaves a negative situation who can begin to reach their full potential.”
L I V E
05/05/19 | MayDay Festival, Ipswich
17/05/19 | Blindside Vinyl Launch, Woodbridge
23/05/19 | Bermuda Bob’s – Supporting Diamond Thug, Norwich
19/06/19 | The Old Blue Last, London
22/06/19 | Suffolk Pride Event, Ipswich
06/07/19 | Lord Mayor Festival, Norwich
06/07/19 | Bardfest, Bardwell
20/07/19 | Three Wise Monkeys, Ipswich
23/08/19 | Maui Waui Festival, Theberton