He approached this album as a playlist, rather than an album with an over riding theme because according to Malanuk, “In a generation where music streaming is thriving and more than half of the earth’s population has ADHD, it is very hard to get someone to listen to even five songs from the same artist. We are living in a time of playlists more than a time of records, so I created a record that simply is a playlist.”
I see Casey as an album by a young musician who is looking for his place in both the world of music, and the world at large. He explores different genres and ways of expression, looking for the one that suits him the best, and ends up somewhere between alternative rock and indie. Throughout the entire album, we get moments of quiet reflection and careful lyricism, and then out of nowhere come the wailing guitars that show Casey hasn’t forgotten about rock ‘n’ roll. Perhaps my favorite example of this is on “Ghost”. For the majority of that song, Casey brings out the Bon Iver vibes, singing quietly over airy acoustic tones. Then, near the end of the song, he ramps it up with a screeching psychedelic guitar solo. It’s unexpected and badass, which I think is what I like about it.
Last week 18-year-old singer-songwriter and producer Casey Malanuk released his second album this year (yes, this year), Short Film Season, and it quickly became a favorite at the City Paper music desk. Turns out the creator is an early graduate of Wando High School (he finished last semester), has created two impressive collections of music entirely by himself, has attended the prestigious Grammy Camp (only a few out of thousands are chosen), and is on his way to Los Angeles to immerse himself in music, leaving for the West Coast the day before this piece prints.