A couple of month ago saw the official release of CASSADORA’s debut EP, entitled ACHILLES HEEL. The EP comes after the release of their debut single, HOW MANY DAYS in June 2017.
ACHILLES HEEL is a compilation of songs that were written over the past two years. Some were written long ago, and others are still just a few months old. The EP was recorded over the course of three days at Open Room Studios in Greenside and produced and recorded by award-winning South African producer and sound engineer, Greg Carlin.
“We really wanted to showcase the vocal and lyrical content that I’ve been cooking up for some time. We also knew that the type of music we are making isn’t a genre-generic style. It’s a bit of a fusion, which was tricky to work with at first but soon became the inspiration as we went along,” says front woman Natalie Poppy.
The dreamy vocal melodies and heartfelt lyrics heard on the EP are the result of growing up listening to a variety of female led music acts which were a major influence for CASSADORA’s sound. Inspired by artists such as Florence Welch, Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow, the weakness of an ‘achilles heel’ is essentially the metaphor which ties into every track on the EP.
“The process of writing this EP was definitely amplified by the creative relationship with our producer Greg. When you have a creative connection and you can understand each other on that level, it’s magical. Personally, I’m self-taught in every aspect of my musical pursuits, which means that I sometimes struggle to communicate my ideas as I don’t know terminology or best practices. I just have my own way of doing things and it can be just as limiting as it is liberating. Luckily, Greg totally understands me and doesn’t need me to explain my ideas; he’ll be onto my train of thought with ease.”
Fans can look forward to an exciting and addictive, yet sincere and open debut offering from CASSADORA in ACHILLES HEEL.
- How Many Days
MA: Hi guys, hope you all doing well? Thanks for the time… Before we get started, please would you introduce us to the members of the band and tell us where in beautiful SA you all come from? Who plays what part in the band?
Hi there! Cassadora is a JHB based band, including Natalie Poppy on lead vocals and guitar; Amber Valentine on electric guitar; Cole Matthews on bass guitar and keys; and Po-Chung Chen on drums.
MA: Where did you all meet, to form the band CASSADORA?
Poppy worked on the EP in studio and started gathering us all together as the compositions started to require more instruments and more musicians. Amber and Poppy have been friends for years, gigging together previously in other bands.
MA: Can you give us a background on the band name, CASSADORA?
The name Cassadora is based on an ancient word which means “she, keeper of stories”.
MA: You have just released your latest EP… What can we expect from this EP? Are their any notable collaborations on the EP?
This EP is such an exciting fusion of genres and styles. The vocal elements are alluring and the overall production is beautiful 🙂
MA: It comes off an impressive first single called HOW MANY DAYS… How has the response been for that single?
Overwhelming! The support that we have received online, on radio, and all over has just been so phenomenal!! Everyone has come back with such positive feedback and we couldn’t be happier with the results. You know, you make something from what was once a little idea in your head…and then you share it with the whole world and have no idea what will come back to you. When you get messages of support from people who just want more, that’s so encouraging. It’s everything.
MA: Where would we be able to get a listen to the new EP?
Yes, please show us some love <3 Stream or download it on iTunes!!
MA: Anything else that you currently working on, that we might be interested in hearing about?
We have a music video coming out and it may or may not include a bath scene with Poppy…
MA: Where do we follow you on social media?
You can find all of the links you’ll ever want on our website here: www.cassadora.com
MA: Thanks for your time.
Thank you !!!
*** Photo Credits: Greg Carlin