Kapiti, New Zealand
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The style of music here: indie-folk/pop, americana, soul.
I'm excited to have recently completed my debut, 13 track studio album 'Whisper & Holler". You can check out the videos for the singles 'Nice to "Almost Know You", here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqUcolGUM4 and "The Streets Round My House", here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfZOPHzqsmI
The album went straight to number four on the NZ Indie Albums Chart and number eight on the Official NZ Albums Chart upon its release on 28 June, 2013. Three of the songs were semi-finalists in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, and the remaining nine received Commended Entry. The judges are Grammy, Emmy, BRIT and CMA Award winning, gold and platinum album producers and artists, and there are over 7000 entries submitted each year.
I've been out and about performing regularly around Wellington, New Zealand, and in November 2013 was very humbled to receive the People's Choice award at WellyFest, the region's largest acoustic music festival.
The making of 'Whisper & Holler' is in no small part due to the encouragement and support I've received from fellow Soundclouders over the last two years. Thanks so much to all of you.
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"Whisper & Holler" was recorded with a full band by Lee Prebble at The Surgery studios, Wellington, New Zealand. Produced by Steph Casey in association with production consultant, Age Pryor. Mastered by Mike Gibson at Munki Studios, Wellington. All songs written by Steph Casey except My Lovely Letterbox, co-written by Gary Sunshine and Steph Casey. Featuring http://soundcloud.com/garysunshine (USA) on guitar and vocals on two tracks.
INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS FOR 'WHISPER & HOLLER':
"Steph Casey's luminous debut":
Steph Casey is a Wellington, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter, though one quickly hears that her muses have spent considerable time across the pond in the United States. Among the influences she cites–and which you’ll hear on her debut record–are Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas, and Lucinda Williams. Voice-wise, her dulcet tones resemble those of Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, another inspiration. One of my favorites is “Thievery,” a no-punches-pulled song of longing. Another is “Heavy Warm Heart,” an off-kilter little number heavy on the first beats, in which Casey lets her light voice bounce off and between picked acoustic guitar notes whilst viola and cello add sonorous depth. Add some splashes of soul (the Hammond-enhanced “No Love”) and a carefree beach song about one of my favorite places, “Kapiti,” and it all adds up to later-in-life promise. This is a solid debut, no matter how long it took to arrive
- ROB WEIR, principal music writer for SingOut! Magazine, USA's oldest folk music publication.
The best moments of singer/songwriter Steph Casey‘s Whisper & Holler fall on the “whisper” side of that equation: when Casey’s songs are stripped down to sparse acoustic guitar and voice, her work shines. “Heavy Warm Heart” and the title track are lent an immediacy by their simplicity, as it feels like Casey had the melodies burning a hole in her pocket and just had to get them out there. The delicate guitar work and engaging vocal tone mesh beautifully, creating magic. These tunes fall right in line with the ethos that characterizes the highlights: take one thing and do it well.
- INDEPENDENT CLAUSES
After listening numerous times to the indie-folk album “Whisper & Holler” I have become somewhat addicted and under the spell of the startling début of Steph Casey, and ask myself under which New Zealand stone has she kept herself hidden until now. Those who are familiar with the music of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Over the Rhine will immediately be comfortable with this vocalist, with her ingenious and emotional songs full of love and pain, as the central focus. Casey's soulful opening number Nice To Almost Know You begins with a lone acoustic guitar which is then complimented by her voice, and gradually builds to a full sound with the whole band, yet retains its grass-roots raw feel. This is in fact the case for the whole album: strong builds - modest and unforced. This is music at the highest level. An album of thirteen original tracks which after a few listens will make you feel at home wherever you may be.
- ALT COUNTRY FORUM
I love how even in her higher range, her voice still contains a breathy abandonment, allowing for a feeling of effortlessness to seep through her music in a beautiful way. She delivers real, unique, heart-touching songs in all 13 tracks and never fakes it, or plays it up to be something it’s not; it leaves her very vulnerable. I think it’s paid off. For someone who has placed as a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in which more than 7,000 entries are submitted every year, the humbleness that Steph demonstrates is a lesson to us all. The release of ‘Whisper & Holler’ is yet another accomplishment she should be very proud of.
- GLOBAL MUSICIANS FISH POND
But Casey casts her net wider than her home shores and the album features collaborations with American singer-songwriter Gary Sunshine, formerly guitarist and songwriter for NYC hard rock band Circus of Power. The interplay of the rough and the smooth creates something special on their two tracks together - My Lovely Letterbox and A Love to Stay in For. Other highlights, often inspired by the ups and downs of falling in love, include the brilliant title track, a charmingly reflective Nice To Almost Know You (plus an alternative version to round off the album), Streets Round My Home (the world needs more whistling), and Kapiti - as warm and summery as a day at the beach.
- NEW CLASSICS
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tunes.
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