Originally from Tulse Hill in South London, Caswell grew up with her then punk rocker, now vinyl dealer, mother. She taught herself the piano and started writing at ten years old, and by fourteen she had secured a place at the prestigious BRIT School to study music.
Her singular sound – a mix of downtempo electronic soul and pop with a tangible jazz influence – has developed into a rich interplay of music and lyrics that is owed in large part to her song writing. Having just released her debut EP The Shadow Aspect, her music has now accumulated over 500,000 Spotify streams and received support from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and Reprezent Radio.
“I draw from my own personal experiences,” says Caswell. “I find that’s when I really need to write. It’s very much a form of catharsis for me and I like having created something positive like a song out of something negative that has happened. Sometimes it helps me find closure and listening back to songs is like seeing the little milestones of my life.”
Having just wrapped up a support slot on Arlissa’s UK tour, Caswell is now set to play Latitude as one of BBC Introducing in Suffolk’s picks for 2018 as well supporting The Libertines at new festival Mansion on the Moon in September. “When you listen to a record, especially these days, everything’s been tweaked, second guessed and overthought to a point where sometimes the soul is lost. Although live will never sound as perfect, it’s an opportunity to properly connect to the rawness of the song and the artist”. Previously she’s supported Pixie Geldof and played at The Apple Store, XOYO, Glasgow O2 ABC2, The Deaf Institute, St Pancras Old Church, Notting Hill Art’s Club, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen and Birthdays Dalston.
You’ll hear echos of Låpsley, Susanne Sundfør and Lorde in her distinctive pop melodies and hardhitting lyrics, and nods to them and many jazz legends in her signature vocals. Citing influences from Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley and Erykah Badu, Caswell’s symbolic and literal voice is clear and convincing, with an emotional maturity beyond her years. This, paired with an undenialble grit and determination, means that Caswell is an artist for the ages just now finding her time.
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