South Wales has been home to many incredible artists, but none compare to the melancholy, heartfelt hardcore outfit that is Casey. Their sophomore album “Where I Go When I Am Sleeping” is a beautiful palette of some of the most raw, intense passages infused with post-rock, melodic edges that resonate in an overwhelming manner. It is a gift for you to keep upon it’s release, March 16th via Hassle Records.
The emotions within this record are so transparent, honest and full, and when it comes to the audience, they can empathise a great deal with the narrative of each song. The album possesses quite a reflective state, displaying a great deal of depth as vocalist Tom Weaver expresses himself in an open manner in regards to his past, dealing with issues such as manic depression. This, blended with the retrospective acknowledgement to themes within “Love Is Not Enough” (Casey’s 2016 debut offering) ties in extremely well as the two albums create a very sublime connection.
Songs such as “Bruise” have pushed Casey to really shine amongst their peers such as Being As An Ocean, Caspian and Touche Amore – a huge achievement that must be commended with thunderous applause. The track is their latest single prior to the release of the album, and it comes with the most hopeful sense, written at the end of “Love Is Not Enough”. Despite it’s very deep cutting guitar leads, it is the key track that grabs onto your heart for dear life, protesting for you to listen carefully and explore every single lyric, note and beat with an open mind. The album overall is an emotional journey that guides you, hand in hand, through such a dark place that is met with such contrast, as hopeful dispositions lift you towards the end of the record as a wonderful allegory. “Florescents” and “Phosphenes” make interesting links on the record together, harmonious as they create parallels that nod to each other. But most importantly, the track “Needlework” hammers the nail deep in realisation with ebbing and flowing futility. It’s a masterpiece, a true testament to the incredible songwriting and diligence invested by each member.
For me personally, I have never felt such a connection to such potent lyrics in my entire life, with my current emotional and mental state going through similar feelings and modes of thinking; “I don’t want to ache like this for the rest of my life” (Flourescents) and “it seems the only solace I’m afforded is now instead of wanting to kill myself I just sleep” (Phosphenes). This level of honesty is inspiring and creates so much atmosphere as the context and delivery of such powerful lyrics are layered onto the most textured guitar works I have heard in a long time.
For a band who started only a short while ago in 2015 with their debut single “Hell” (which I recall fondly), I can safely say, I am very thankful and grateful for the finesse, craftsmanship and prowess that have shown as they have matured and developed into probably the most humble melodic hardcore acts I have ever seen.
Casey take you by the hand and guide you on an emotional journey through their latest offering, displaying beauty, maturity and raw, emotional power. A truly incredible sophomore album that has pushed the band and genre into new territory and a true testament to the songwriting ability of this 5 piece collective from South Wales. A wonderful listen that is extremely heartfelt [9.5/10]