Welsh singer-songwriter Caswell has impressed us from day one. From Fury onwards she’s demonstrated a maturity and range that few can command at her stage in their careers. Today she releases the equally excellent Brother (below, with lines as tremendous as “I do not enjoy your words/ They sting and I think it’s a defensive thing”), so we decided to get to know her a bit better…
First musical memory?
I remember being obsessed with a VHS of a Madonna world tour when I was like 3. I would always ask my Mum to put on ‘Madonna Spice’ because I thought she was a Spice Girl, and then I’d sing along with a plastic pink and yellow microphone which went everywhere with me! There are a few dance moves I would pull out as well, my Mum’s got it all on video of course…
First album you ever bought?
I honestly can’t remember the first album I ever bought, although I remember buying cassettes out of the Woolworths bargain bin with my pocket money when I was very little. Most likely it was some 90’s pop group; B*Witched, Aqua, S Club 7, you name it. I had terrible taste.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about Brother).
Downtempo, alternative, soul/pop.
Brother is a very special song to me, I wrote it during a period of time where I hadn’t spoken to him for about 2 years. He’d changed a lot from the person I knew growing up, and I was scared I may never get my little brother back. Having gone through a lot together as children I felt like he’d been the closest person to me, so that loss was hard to deal with. ‘Brother’ is about trying to reconnect as well as process everything that had happened.
You’re a Welsh lass – aside from the name, does the culture or the language influence your work in any way?
When I was younger my singing teacher asked if I had welsh blood, not knowing anything about my heritage. Apparently he could hear the Welsh tone in the mid-range of my register. So it’s definitely had a subconscious influence on the music!
An album you would never listen to again?
That U2 album that got downloaded onto everyone’s iTunes.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
My musical influences vary massively, but the real big ones that have really had a big impact on my life are Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Devendra Banhart, Radiohead, Kate Bush and Bjork.
What are your current jams?
I am loving ‘The Internet’ at the moment. Getting into the new Father John Misty album too, and re-listening to Mac Demarco in preparations for seeing him next month!
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
I love a bit of reality TV, it’s dangerously addictive. Made in Chelsea and RuPaul’s Drag Race to be specific.
Your dream collaborations?
Jeff Buckley, Frank Ocean.
And finally: your favourite Beyonce song?