Cassette Theory – “Director’s Cut”


Conjuring a hooky rock sound reminiscent of peak The Libertines, “Director’s Cut (That’s Just How It Goes)” is a stellar track from UK act Cassette Theory. Following up their debut single “April,” which helped bring upon airplay on BBC Radio Merseyside and many sold-out shows across Liverpool. The shows have been in both headline and support slots, as well as jazz and funk gigs, showcasing the act’s eclectic stylistic reach.

The four seventeen-year-olds craft tout ample momentum throughout “Director’s Cut (That’s Just How It Goes),” evident from the get-go in the rise from quaint guitars and lush bass into a perky rock arsenal. Frontman Louis Saha’s vocals emit a confident suaveness throughout, serenely engaging during the verses and emotively captivating in the chorus, a cross between Pete Doherty and Lou Reed. Bassist Joe Norris and drummer Wren Kücheman Scales lead a superb rhythm section, as Ismael Aasgaard’s lead guitar work shows a contagiously melodic energy. Cassette Theory are bound to be quick risers with tracks like “April” and “Director’s Cut (That’s Just How It Goes).”

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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