Tucked away inside the pages of the Coquitlam Library was a small and intimate café where, once a month, song and drink intermingled to nourish the souls of unsuspecting coffee patrons. Inside, the music of Cassandra Bangel coated the windows and leather chairs. Stepping into such an atmosphere from the street was like opening the door to a dream. Immediately, you were stolen away into melody, a substance so strong not even the barista could wipe it away.
Since those early café days, Cassandra Bangel has been filling paper cups with sweetness and sound for nearly 4 years. She’s brought her music to locations all across the Greater Vancouver region. In her typical set, Cassandra employs her keyboard, 6 and 12-string guitars, and loop pedal, all to form an elaborate one-woman band. Her main weapon, however, is her inimitable and paralyzing vocals. While she plays, these elements combine to create a physical outpouring of emotion and soul, which ultimately reflects the living and breathing vivacity of her music. It’s a moving experience that weaves each listener into a sacred kind of musical bond.
In December of 2009, Cassandra Bangel began work on her first full-fledged EP, which was released mid-April of 2010. Each track asserts its own attitude, resulting in a diverse palette of sound ranging from pulsing rock to earthy classical-pop. Her backgrounds in literature and music coalesce to produce a unique method of song-writing. Each song is its own story starring a new set of characters. Overall, her music narrates a wide variety of themes, some ordinary and simple, others probing and subversive. But whether lamenting on loneliness or searching for a higher purpose, Cassandra’s sound drowns out the commotion of the prosaic, day-to-day life that we take to be real, and attempts to unveil life's true story-making moments.
Music is about making connections between our body and mind, between ourselves and others. It connects us, the ephemeral, with the eternal. A song may end in three minutes, but a feeling can resonate forever. Cassandra Bangel is here to help bridge that gap.