It’s annoyingly English of me to open a music review with a comment on the weather, but I’m going to do it anyway… It’s almost March. It’s basically sunny. And I’m not falling over in the dark anymore on my way to the tube after work. Clearly alt-pop artist Caswell saw this coming, because she’s just released her brightest, most colourful single to date, Surface, ahead of her EP later in 2019, and it’s an exciting sign of things to come.
Previously, Caswell has written downtempo electronic soul-type tunes – imagine if Banks wrote songs in major keys – and gained some decent traction, including a performance at Latitude and plenty of support from BBC Introducing. Now, with this latest release, she’s dialled up her jazzier roots, and it’s added a new strength to her sound.
Added to the songwriting, the combination of Caswell’s vocal performance and plush production from David E. Sugar and Hugh Fothergill makes for a track that will cheer you up until it’s actually, properly springtime.
In Turquoise, the upcoming EP from Caswell, is out 5th April.