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“Live At The Barnhouse” by Sail Cassady: Emotive experiences, packaged in a soul album

Sexuality, mental well-being, and self-awareness are prominent overarching themes in the music of the vibrant indie rocker known as ‘Sail Cassady,’ originating from Victoria, BC. Drawing comparisons to a queer-inclusive version of The National with a touch of Lou Reed, Sail Cassady’s first album, ‘Juniper,’ delves into the artist’s personal journey of self-discovery, reflecting both the challenges and joys. It provides listeners with a glimpse into the inner depths of Sail Cassady’s consciousness. On their latest release, “Live At The Barnhouse”, they explore this sound further. Keep reading for my thoughts!

Live At The Barnhouse is a 3-piece EP, that starts out with “Leather Shoe Lovers”, the live version, which starts out with a catchy, haunting synth riff that soon evolves into the base for a nice, midtempo, shuffly drum beat that lets the rest of the ensemble take shape– until we’re introduced to the crisp, resonant baritone of Sail Cassidy. Their voice sounds like it was bespoke for this song; the chemistry sparks from the first second, and as the guitars make their entry amid long, wafting harmonies, this song left me feeling good throughout.

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The emotions continue on the second song, “Halos”, which sees a much happier tone, sort of like a good old 1960s surf rock song, filled with major chords and vocal harmonies that sees Sail stretching their vocal envelope to come up with something that ultimately sounds catchy, and has great lyrical themes. The piano makes for a major part of the production on this song, and holds the sound together rather beautifully.

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As we move to the final song, “Strong Man”, we’re welcomed to it with a display of some great drumming with jazz influences and a strong bass backing, which soon makes itself whole with the piano and the vocals, which, at this point, are a highlight of this album. There is a certain velvety richness, a subtleness in the vibrato, that makes the sound so much more intricate and emotionally meaningful, almost as if beyond a simple instrument. Bravo!

The production, as I alluded to earlier, is an affair that sees us through the piano, the drums, and the guitars, and all of them play beautifully in tandem to make a thing of this kind happen, and make it happen well enough to earn it a two-thumbs-up recommendation. Check out “Live At The Barnhouse” by Sail Cassady here!

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