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Video Premiere: Cassorla – “I Am” (feat. Crash from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

By ; October 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM 


It’s good to have friends.  And for Los Angeles/New York City/Philadelphia indie rock transplants Cassorla, these friends just happen to be actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) and musicians Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Crash (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Krystle Warren, Henry Wolfe, and Elizaveta.  On the band’s upcoming Amigos EP, they bring out these friends to help fill out their ranks — and with a title like that, its almost assumed.  Peddling chugging guitar riffs, sax (courtesy of Plaza), and off-kilter rhythms, Cassorla make music indebted to a dozen different bands but manage to impart their own unique stamp on the notes.  This isn’t simple artistic appropriation but a sustained re-imagining of their influences.

On their latest video for Amigos-cut “I Am,” the band brings on Crash from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to help out with the vocal duties.   Pairing their back-and-forth conversation with thick guitar spikes, warbling keyboard, and kaleidoscopic visual effects, the song takes on the form of a half-remembered dream — or that moment when you’re not quite awake and not quite asleep, where everything seems just slightly off.  And if you want to sing along, go right ahead.  Director Louis Fried has obligingly worked the song’s lyrics into the video’s often abstract composition.

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the video for “I Am” from Cassorla’s upcoming Amigos EP.

cassorla – i am (featuring crash from edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros) from Cassorla on Vimeo.

Cassorla have a few tour dates lined up leading to the release of the Amigos EP, and you can check those out below.

Cassorla Tour Dates:
Oct 19 – Los Angeles State Historic Park [SOLD OUT] (w/Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)
Oct 23 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz (w/ Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds)
Oct 24 – Slim’s – San Francisco (w/ Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds)
Oct 26 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles (w/ Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds)



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