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Playlist: Cassicus

Cassicus

Cassicus

Musical talent and synthologist, Cassicus makes a surprising return to our stereos with his debut EP, ‘Baby’s Coming Back’, and to celebrate he has put together a playlist for the readers of Indietronica.

Shura – White Light

There are so many things I love about her sound. In particular this tune. It’s the way she hooks you in with melodies that snap between short Haim-y bursts and dreamier, slower lines. Super clever writing.

Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)

Nothing beats when you just get recommended something by a mate at a party and end up totally digging it. The groove in this tune kills me.

Honne – Gone Are The Days

I’ve known these boys for a long time and they’re two of the hardest working musicians I know. The quality of their songs reflects this – writing & production at it’s most refined.

Twin Shadow – Golden Light

That chorus melody. My friend put this on the stereo when we were driving through LA at 1am and the match seemed perfect.

Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary

As if the Robert Palmer original wasn’t beautiful enough, turning the song on its head and making it a slow jam AND with a Brian Ferry vocal; one of my favourite ever reinterpretations.

Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta

This song builds in a way that cuts deep. The tension is mad. He uses his voice like a drum, the rhythm of his phrasing makes my head swing like crazy.

Blood Orange – You’re not Good Enough

This guy makes the most beautifully intricate pop songs and this is just one example of many.

Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis

I had the great pleasure of being her touring drummer back in 2011/12, and during our time in studio I helped write this song. A massive part of my musical roots.

Jessie Ware – Running

It was through this record I discovered the production of Dave Okumu, who I learned a lot from listening to. The vocals on this record get me every time – she’s incredible.

The Cure – Close To Me

My Mum and Dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid. Listening to this record was the first time I remember understanding what a hook was.

Stream the EP below.

Sounds like: David Bowie, Roxy Music

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Interview: Twin Wave

Twin Wave

Twin Wave

We hate to admit this, but despite their awesome, dream rock sound, we’ve only just heard of Brooklyn trio, Twin Wave.

With this in mind, we were at liberty to find out more from vocalist, Nick Williams…

Twin Wave is a band that has been about for some time, but this is the first time we’ve heard your music. Talk us through the members of the band, how you all met and came to form Twin Wave as it stands today.

We first started playing together in 2013 after myself (Nick Williams, vocalist) and Maxx Berkowitz (guitarist) met as neighbors living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in 2012. We quickly became friends and found a mutual interest in music and eventually became roommates in Williamsburg. From there, we linked with Sarik Kumar (guitarist) who was living in Greenpoint, and helped form what would became Twin Wave.

Describe your sound in three words.

Dreamy, sleek, retro-inspired.

You new single, ‘Matador’, is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’. How did that title come about?

I was first drawn to Hemingway’s works, and that specific novel, while living abroad in Paris in 2008. The passages about bullfighting as an art form rather than a sport always stuck out to me and it was the first thing that came into my head when Sarik and Maxx first wrote the guitar riff that begins the track! It sort of wrote itself from there.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We are actually a pretty eclectic bunch between the three of us! We have myriad interests in music and genres, but there is a definite underlying commonality which we share — our tastes overlap in The Police, The War on Drugs, Future Islands, and Radiohead!

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Lewis Del Mar, MUNA, Sturgill Simpson, Caveman, and Lucius!

Twin Wave will be playing a single release show today at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. ‘Matador’ is the lead single from their forthcoming EP, ‘Pour Out The Dark’ and has been produced by Tommy Eichmann (Alex Winston).

Sounds like: The Levity, Duran Duran

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