CASSÉE - 2017

Cassée - 2017

7 songs
27:47 minutes
***** **


A short two years after their self-titled debut album, Luxembourgish instrumental psychedelic post rock trio Cassée is back with their new and – alas! – final EP, titled 2017. So yes, the three curly guys never had a knack for original record titles, but when you play instrumental music, I guess that titles are really just something you give songs so that you can agree on a setlist. But wait, Cassée have evolved, as two songs on the new EP feature a vocalist, but more about that later.

The opener I Have To Move is a fairly typical Cassée track, at four minutes it would have been one of the shorter pieces on the debut, but as it turns out, the trio has learned to write more concise material. Stylistically we get this slightly bluesy and psychedelic post rock music with a wild and dominating, a steady bass rhythm and a freewheeling drummer. Façade more or less follows in that direction, has possibly a slightly more technical, mathy feeling. TKP surprises with a folky guitar melody, a bit Robin Hood-like actually, as if we were stranded in the Sherwood Forest. No Place To Be is also highly guitar driven, and it really shows that Cassée in 2017 are definitely a tighter ensemble than when they started out two years ago.

Finally we get the two vocals songs, which is really a novelty for Cassée. A vocalist named Susan is spewing her vocals over the two three-minute tracks. Birds is a downright noise rock with roots in the Nineties, whereas Susan’s Preoccupations comes with a surf punk vibe. Really nice stuff that shows that Cassée are a thoroughly entertaining band with added vocals, even though they could have been more prominent in the mix. Susan may not be what you usually call a good singer, but she definitely has a venomous attitude that adds an extra pound of balls to the music. The EP ends with Ikarus, at five and a half minutes the EP’s longest track. Once again instrumental, Cassée try their hand at more classical post rock which mostly works but could have taken advantage from more layered guitar tracks.

So all in all, the EP 2017 is a nice step forward from the debut. The production is maybe a little bit on the dry side, but the instruments all find their place in the mix. It’s a bit of a shame that the band seems to break up quite soon, but let us look forward to future projects of the three musicians. And until then, you should go ahead and download their EP on Bandcamp where you can get it for any price you feel like paying.

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