Let us start with a little warning: the cover of Cassels‘s upcoming album «A Gut Feeling» might be perceived as gross by some, given that it features a piece of tripe. As its press release explains, the album is set to see the band’s sound evolve a bit. In fact, “the molten riff of advance single «Mr Henderson Coughs» puts paid to the idea that the London-based duo have taken a hard 180.” Alas, that is not quite so, as “instead of writing as quickly as possible, riding the churn forced of DIY bands by an indifferent ecosystem, the Covid-19 pandemic gave the brothers Beck (Jim, guitar/vocals, and Loz, drums/BVs) some time to mull things over. Instead of sticking with the stripped-back recording approach of previous LP, Jim and Loz spent time at Tom Hill‘s Bookhouse Studios in South London, considering tone, layering tracks, and bringing new instruments into the fold.” Lyrically, the album eschews personal experiences, with Jim’s words “an intentionally muddy mix of experience, opinion, red herrings and fiction,” with the guitarist/vocalist adding “I found that setting myself the brief of writing character pieces offered a nice way of sneaking quite personal things into the songs without being explicitly autobiographical.” Below, you can listen to the record’s first two singles, the aforementioned «Mr Henderson Coughs» and «Charlie Goes Skiing».
«A Gut Feeling» is set for release on February 4 via God Unknown on cd, digital, and vinyl formats. Pre-orders can be found here.
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