Thank Me Later – Playlist

Thank Me Later w/ Cassia

Cassia (Photo: Sebastian Bergstrvm)

„Feel-good-music“ is a term that is used regularly and generously in product information sheets by music promoters and, frankly said, usually it spreads the same feel-good-vibe as the term „product information sheet“. It mostly guarantees: not my cup of tea. But, as it lies in the nature of rules, the exeptions prove them: Cassia absolutely do make feel-good-music and I chug that cup in one go.

Already the fantastic debut album „Replica“ offered that nimble, light-flooded pop that seemingly only the Brits can pull out of the hat this casual and that’s just impossible to resist. The Macclesfield-based trio quickly became the new indie darling and was able to enjoy a lot of applause from the international press and on their first headlining tour.

Right in the middle of the attempt to reposition themselves and work on the second album album, the pandemic hit: lockdown, twice, first in Cape Town, then in Berlin. There are worst places to be stuck, I guess, and Cassia wouldn’t be Cassia if they wouldn’t find the good in a strange situation, so the built a „Casa de Cassia“, an improvised studio, wrote, recorded and stayed positive: „ A spacious sky and sun-soaked wave will wash over you and the years of pain“, Rob Ellis sings in „Drifting“. A new start, the urge for freedom and the firm belief that everything will fall into place are the central issues of the just released EP and, let’s face it, that couldn’t match the general mood any better: life is short and no one controls your mindset but you.

So, maybe we all need a pinch of Cassia-magic. We asked the guys for a playlist of their current favourites and they sent us music by Glass Animals, Kaytranada, Lizzo, Rex Orange County, Alfie Templeman und Arlo Parks. „All that good that you find, you’d better cherish it twice / good people you find, you’d better cherish them twice“. Amen to that!

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