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What started as an experiment with electronic songwriting has grown to become a name which stands for a diverse and prolific output, with Yalls issuing everything from sun-kissed synth-pop to quirky hip-hop instrumentals; glitched excursions of post-aughts soul to tropical-tinged, vocal-led boom-bap.
Appearing on a variety of taste-making micro-labels and regularly flushing his various web outlets with immersive one-offs and inventive remixes, Yalls has built a reputation as a producer who may be hard to pin down in exact terms, but is always reliable for delivering delicious hooks and poignant melodies—a fact that has certainly translated to his live performances, having graced stages alongside Grimes, Matthew Dear, Neon Indian, Shlohmo, Washed Out, and others. In three short years, Yalls has proven to be one of California’s most dependable and constantly evolving talents in the realm of electronic pop.
Dan Casey is the solo project of, well, Dan Casey, Berkeley-based songwriter and producer who will release the debut album under his given name this fall via Ceremony Recordings.
Originally introduced under the pseudonym of “Steezy Ray Vibes,” Dan Casey’s project was launched in spring of 2012 as an alternate musical outlet from Yalls, Casey’s longtime alias for his electronic beatwork. Based much more in traditional strong structure than the electronic experiments of Yalls, Dan Casey’s music takes a mellower, sun-dipped approach to land on its handmade pop. Performed, recorded, and produced entirely by Casey himself, Empty City is an album awash with haze, coating wistful guitar strums, patient melodies, and Casey’s own calmly confident vocals with cast in foggy lining befitting the man’s Bay Area home. The nine-track debut album is a cozy listen, and one that provides a rather personal introduction to the bummed-out, yet hopeful themes Casey is keen to explore with a host of tasteful hooks by his side.
“It takes a bit longer than a full minute before Berkeley, California-based artist Dan Casey’s song “Empty City” builds to its gorgeous swirl of vocal harmonies, drum machines and hook-laden guitar riffs, but the sonic pay off is worth every second.” - NPR
“That [Dan Casey’s] music can heighten emotions on both sides, that it can work with your vibe rather than against it, suggests it’ll be an album to keep close.” - The FADER
“Empty City leaves behind Yalls’ beatwork, instead opting for intimate, guitar-driven pop tunes that still find room for drum machines” -SPIN
“Full of drifting glitched beats and sampled voices that range from deep, wordless coos to ethereal pitched-up loops.” - Stereogum