Jasmine Cassell | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Key Studio Sessions: Jasmine Cassell
Jasmine Cassell first popped on our radar last year with S7EVEN, an alluring collection of songs that dip their toes jointly in chill electronic tones, R&B melodies, and future pop. The Westampton, New Jersey singer-songwriter has released an assortment of singles in the time since, continuing to collaborate with producers Kingsley Ibeneche and Lee “LeBeet” Clarke, but she’s also taken her work from the studio to the stage, and it’s led to a bit of reinvention.
We get a taste of what that sounds like in this Key Studio Sessions set, where Cassell is joined by pianist Jonill and backup singer Taylor Charles. Songs that were previously oriented around big beats become subdued and sublime, with Jonill’s cascading playing creating a meditative space for Cassell and Charles’ complimentary vocal counterpoints.
The beats do come in, though, on an infectious new song called “Things Change,” where a low-key rhythm bumps and glides across a two minute expanse, with Cassell ruminating on personal growth and the distance it creates.
Watch a video of that song below, and hear a solo-piano bonus rendition of it in the Soundcloud archive of Cassell’s entire performance. You can catch her onstage in Philly on New Year’s Eve, when she’ll share the stage at The Lounge at World Cafe Live with Ibeneche; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.[vuhaus category=”videos” item=”jasmine-cassell-things-change-the-key-studio-sessions” ][/vuhaus]