On her recent appearance on the BBC Radio 1 show Future Sounds, English singer-songwriter Cassyette performed three tracks: her singles “Sad Girl Summer” and “Mayhem,” plus a cover of Harry Styles’ recent hit “As It Was.”
While the original is bright and boppy AM rock, Cassyette incorporates a tense cello bassline, with choppy violins contributing to an uneasy feel to this track. Her vocal is strong and clear through the main chorus, as the violins join in with the sense of lament and dread. It’s certainly a great way to flip an original on its head. I do hope it finds its way onto streaming services soon.