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Cassels brandish the sharp edge of hope on “Beth’s Recurring Dream”

It’s been a couple of months since we spoke to brotherly duo Cassels about their new record A Gut Feeling, but with the February 4 release just around the corner they’ve shared another single called “Beth’s Recurring Dream”. They say:

“Hope can be both a tonic and an affliction. It can help make a bad situation bearable, but at the same time can also keep you trapped in that same bad situation. That’s what this song is about, amongst other things.”

Just like previous singles “Mr Henderson Coughs” and “Charlie Goes Skiing”, Cassels zone in on an unfortunate character in “Beth’s Recurring Dream” – but one we can all relate to. They says ‘it’s the hope that kills you’, and Cassels have blown that up into rampaging, riotous, razor-edged rock on this new banger. It’s a breathless track, but Loz still manages to pack it with affecting descriptions of Beth’s downcast dreams, which she tries with all her might to wish into reality. The yearning in the words makes Beth’s loneliness sting all the more, and the refrain “one day – maybe” sounds even more hopeless amidst the thunderous drumming and riffs. Yet again, Cassels make the harsh realities of life into a rollicking audio rollercoaster.

Listen to “Beth’s Recurring Dream” below or find it on streaming platforms.

Cassels’ new album A Gut Feeling is out on February 4 through God Unknown (pre-order). You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.