Casey – Where I Go When I Am Sleeping (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:49 minutes | 826 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Hassle Records
South Wales has been home to many incredible artists, but none compare to the melancholy, heartfelt post-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. Casey are a band whose music is not defined by their image, or where they come from; how they met, or where they’ve been before now. Casey is a means of self-expression created with no underlying motive, only the wish to experience and relate. Music is their labour of love.
Tom Weaver has been to hell and back, and wants to tell you about it. The frontman for Wales-based rock outfit Casey sang of adoration and bereavement on their debut, Love Is Not Enough, but shifts the lyrical lens of his band’s sophomore effort Where I Go When I Am Sleeping toward hindrances surrounding the mental and physical miseries that have plagued him. From manic depression to a car accident that left half of Weaver’s face paralyzed, Casey’s music is certainly not impersonal. The group have many strong suits in their hand, like tension-building tempos and emotive vocal delivery, but Casey are at their best here when pursuing brooding, atmospheric post-punk. “Needlework,” “Making Weight” and “Morphine” all amply articulate Weaver’s emotional baggage through melodies that are bathed in reverb without feeling overbearing.
The deepest hindrance of Casey’s Where I Go When I Am Sleeping is their indecisiveness. The band’s harshest moments (“Wound,” “Wavering”) revisit what fellow UK melodic hardcore champs Dead Swans brought to the table almost a decade ago, but when it comes time for things to mellow out in “Flowers By the Bed,” Casey often over-share lyrically and are sonically overwhelming. Where I Go When I Am Sleeping is unsure whether it wants to be a Basement or Defeater record, and every so often it staggers when attempting to blend the two.
01 – Making Weight
02 – Wavering
03 – Phosphenes
04 – &
05 – Fluorescents
06 – Flowers by the Bed
07 – Needlework
08 – Morphine
09 – Bruise
10 – The Funeral
11 – Where I Go When I Am Sleeping
12 – Wound