Apr 3, 2015

Cass. – Magical Magical – (2015)

In March 2014, the excellent Ghent based tape label Dauw opened up its musical doors. Since then weve closely kept up with their wonderful releases by some very dear friends, with the one exception of artists we knew personally being the wonderful Osnabrck artist, Cass. In 2014 Pieter from Dauw very kindly recom- mended Cass. to Home Normal for the release of his newest work. After a little time getting this all wrapped up, we are so happy to announce the release of his latest album, Magical Magical

Born in 1991, Niklas Rehme-Schlter (aka. Cass.) only started self-releasing music in 2010. To date his work has been released on small tape and vinyl editions, with his new release for Home Normal being the first CD pressing of his work. Featuring common collaborators Altars Altars, Miriam Jolene, Emily Cross, Emil Hewitt, Moritz Leppers, Magical Magicalis a playful album of electronic music, brimming over with melodies, ideas, and youthful tenderness. A near filmic equivalent would perhaps be the work of Hayao Mi- yazaki with his focus on the hidden depths of spirit through the innocence of childhood. It marks quite the turn from his previously meditative work as seen in Loops & Farewell Sketches, and shows just how talented this super artist is.
For a more specific note, the concept of 神隠し (Kamikakushi which literally translates as hidden by spirits’ or spirited away) really comes into play. Again this is stealing the idea from the genius of Miyazaki, but the idea basically stems from the concept of a liminal journey through a realm of gods and spirits, specifically the unknown journey taken by children as they are taken by gods, often re-appearing after this physical dis- connect at a temple or shrine days later. This pre-modern Japanese concept is often more modernly repre- sented as the path from childhood through to adulthood, but the pre-modern focus of innocence, the un- known, and ethereal antiquity, somehow encompasses the aptly titled Magical Magicalso accurately with its focus on such ideas as light, dreams, love, and finally, death (as finite or infinite as that may well be).

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