At just 23, Caswell has already developed her own distinct sound; rich, down-tempo, electronic soul and pop, with a tangible jazz influence; and a knack for sophisticated songwriting.
“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 in my life. Sometimes it helps me find closure and listening back to songs is like seeing the little milestones of my life.”
Originally from Tulse Hill in South London, Caswell grew up surrounded by music with her former punk rocker mother (now a vinyl dealer) and godfather who worked as a buyer for HMV. Armed with her first stereo at five years old, she subsequently taught herself the piano and ended up attending the prestigious BRIT School in her teens.
Live, Caswell is a captivating performer, and it’s during these moments that she takes the opportunity to really connect with her audience.
“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.”
Caswell’s symbolic and literal voice is clear and convincing, with an emotional maturity beyond her years.
The release of ‘Brother’ follows on from ‘Animal’ – which has received support from online tastemakers such as The Line Of Best Fit and Wonderland, reaching over 100,000 streams on Spotify – and showcases more contemplative songwriting from Caswell.
Musically, Caswell fits alongside the likes of Låpsley, Skott and Lorde, with her distinctive rich vocals, downtempo electronic production and hard-hitting lyrics. Her songs are also laced with attractive soul and pop melodies, which make for a darker Sigrid or Maggie Rogers.
Citing influences from Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone to Björk and Erykah Badu, Caswell’s symbolic and literal voice is clear and convincing, with an emotional maturity beyond her years.
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