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Casey’s new album is a powerful, moving flourish of storytelling

Casey’s new album is a powerful, moving flourish of storytelling

★★★★

<strong>Casey’s</strong> new album is a powerful, moving flourish of storytelling
Ragged, edged with inevitable doom, and constantly surprising..

Casey Where I Go When I Am SleepingLabel: Hassle Records
Released: 16th March 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Casey’s ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ is a record of pain. You don’t need to know the details of the afflictions that vocalist Tom Weaver suffers from to feel the weight of this album. The struggles are front, centre and scarlet soaked.

The floating fragility of opener ‘Making Weight’ is a calm and beautiful exploration of guilt, blame and burden. Whispered confessions and quiet laments sit above a deliberate path forward before ‘Wavering’ knocks it to the ground. From here on out, Casey are at war with themselves.

Scratched vocals and furious colours run the show as the band point the finger, wallow in pain and try to find a way out. Shaking in the dark, it’s all they can to hold it all together. Disappointment and frustration at their own shortcomings crackle like lightning before they lash out with thunderous rage.

Across the record, Casey try to make sense of the direction of travel. It’s ragged, edged with inevitable doom, and constantly surprising. It’s not all shadowplay though. There are tender moments, flashes of unconditional love and a genuine appreciation that they’re never left alone. ‘Bruise’ hangs in the air, terrified to touch the ground and aware of the distance, but resilient to the last.

Elsewhere the instrumental title track takes a moment to steady nerves, calm their breathing and take a longing gaze at their surroundings before the closing triumph of ‘Wound’ kicks in. Tearing at the walls and scratching at their skin, it’s dizzying and chaotic before the spoken word closing washes over it. A powerful, moving flourish of storytelling, it throws a spotlight on everything that’s come before while lodging itself in your throat.

‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ is a record about pain, sure. But more importantly, it’s a record about wanting to be better. It’s about knowing you can be better and finding the little victories in the everyday. “In all the ways that I am weak, I am also strong. Learning how to speak gave me the strength to carry on.” Ali Shutler

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