There is an undeniable sense of anticipation that surrounds the launch of a new music creation. That sense of expectation is magnified when the artist in question is Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Cooper Chasse, who, after a nearly two-year hiatus, has finally returned to the music scene with his resplendent first single, “You & Me” — a promise of what lies beneath the surface of his first full-length album “This Ever Changing Ocean,” set to premiere on September 1st, 2023.
First off, “You & Me” is a breath of fresh air in Chasse’s typically moody and contemplative discography. Here is a track that pulsates with vitality, as if Chasse has dipped his melodic brush into the paint of jubilation and brushed vivacious strokes onto a canvas of melody. It deviates from his prior norm, presenting a lighter side that’s as refreshing as it is delightful.
The buoyant energy of “You & Me” clearly formulates a contrasting undertone beneath its soundscapes. It seamlessly blends the essence of soft rock with the deep-seated sentimentality at the heart of folk sounds. Yet, most interestingly, Chasse allows the rhythm, usually a background feature, to take centre stage here, imbuing a sense of joy that belts out in chorus alongside his male vocals. His voice, sweet and softly reverberating, bristles with an intimacy that warmly envelops you like a perfectly weathered, loved-for-years flannel shirt. Accompanied by the hum of strings, his performance becomes an audacious testament to his versatility as a musician, adeptly weaving a comforting cloak of “easy listening.”
Beyond the music, the lyrics of “You & Me” are carefully curated poetry. Chasse is a storyteller, offering us glimpses of times “long since passed” through his words. We travel with him down memory lanes, stepping in rhythm with the music to the narrative’s heartbeat. A palpable feeling of nostalgia is stitched into the fabric of the melody, making the entire listening experience akin to uncovering a vintage photo album; every verse—a snapshot of a cherished memory, inducing a picturesque mental journey through sepia-toned recollections.
While the individual elements of “You & Me” undoubtedly establish it as a great musical piece, it’s the unified harmony of all these components—the melody, the poetry, the performance—that elevate it into a truly remarkable listening experience. The lingering sense of comfort and joy it leaves on your soul after each listen is a testament to Chasse’s exceptional musical charm.
Cooper Chasse’s “You & Me” not only teases the upcoming delight his full album promises to be but also leaves the listener intrigued, floating in anticipation for the next chapter in Chasse’s remarkable musical journey. Chasse proves that even after a two-year silence, he has successfully honed, matured, and diversified his music, producing an effervescent soundscape that rings true to his heart—while effortlessly capturing ours.