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Album Review: Where I Go When I Am Sleeping by Casey

Casey release their second album Where I Go When I Am Sleeping on 16th March via Hassle Records. In a follow-up to their 2016 debut Love Is Not Enough, this album moves on from focusing on vocalist Tom Weaver’s personal relationships to his own body and the three main physical and mental afflictions that have dogged him for the majority of his life.

“I was diagnosed with brittle bones at birth,” he explains, “and when I was 15 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and at 20 I was diagnosed with manic depression. I’ve also had a heart attack and a stroke, and I was in this crazy car accident that crushed half my face. They’re big life events, but a lot of the stuff that’s happened to me medically was stuff that I was just living through at the time. Looking back now, though, I realise I could have died four or five times. I’m lucky to be here.”

It’s also a counterpart and extension of that first record, the events it describes run concurrently to those that take place on the first album.

“In the same way as the last one, this album covers a pretty broad time,” says Weaver, “from when I was about 15 until about the start of this year. But it’s not in chronological order. Each song doesn’t refer to a particular point in time – it just refers to things I’ve generally felt over that period.”

Lyrically then it’s a deeply personal album complemented wonderfully by the expansive post-hardcore sound. That alone is what sets it out from its predecessor, this time it’s more expansive and the band are less reliant on big riffs and screamed vocals – this time they’re placed amongst soaring guitar parts and soundscapes that allow the band to harness the best of their talents.

The growth of Casey may well be down to producer Brad Wood (Placebo, Far, The Smashing Pumpkins, mewithoutYou, Touché Amoré). Comparatively, this album as far more layers and is more atmospheric than the first, crucially it flows wonderfully – feeling like a fully formed and confident album. As such your best listening to it one go, that way you’ll get the full power and triple threat of ‘Needlework’, ‘Morphine’ and ‘Bruise’. They segue into each other beautifully, complementing the different feels and atmospherics.

Casey have stepped it up a gear here and created an enthralling and captivating album.

AD Rating 8/10

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