If 2022 has taught us something, it’s that emo is again – however with a brisker, extra female face. It’s an vitality that may be felt far and vast within the UK, the place the likes of Nova Twins and Wargasm are the forefront of a rising, woman-led nu-metal scene that’s twisting the style with parts of pop to create a pointy, revitalised emo sound. Cassyette slots proper in: with solely a string of singles to her title, the Essex firebrand has already constructed an enormous following throughout the rock neighborhood, amassing over 1,000,000 followers on TikTok, performing with Frank Carter as he headlined 2021’s Obtain Pilot, and supporting My Chemical Romance on their comeback tour.
Her debut mixtape backs the hype. Recorded in her makeshift residence studio, ‘Unhappy Lady’ is an elevated enlargement of her earlier work, although it nonetheless offers the tantalising spirit of searing early singles ‘Expensive Goth’ and ‘Jail Purse’. The raspy vocals of opener ‘Mayhem’ are blended with a slow-burn riff that bursts right into a singalong refrain; the observe is glossy in its manufacturing, and paying homage to the anthems that outlined Pink’s ‘Missundaztood’ album. ‘Unhappy Lady Summer time’, in the meantime, bolsters that distorted ‘pop lady’ picture with a buoyant drumbeat, because the observe strikes from its messy morning-after imagery to the defiant, determined plea of the refrain: “I don’t wanna be a tragic lady anymore!”, she belts.
The most effective moments are when Cassyette plunges into her heavier influences: from the exhilarating one minute of strong screamo that makes up ‘diehatecry’, to the Evanescence-like ‘September Rain’. Pop-metal gem ‘Like That’ is all about resisting expectations – one thing which Cassyette does repeatedly along with her sound – and the observe meshes spiralling guitars with a creeping kick-drum to create an empowering call-to-arms.
‘Take Take Take’ makes for a closing torrent of vitality, because it builds right into a bitter, brutal breakdown. Cassyette will not be an artist anybody can hope to pin down and field up: she’s proven she will do all of it. With every launch, she zooms off into the sudden, displaying that her attraction lies in that aspect of shock.
- Launch date: November 10, 2022
- Report label: Impartial