Your heart is divided into four chambers, four secret compartments enclosing four vital, life-sustaining emotions: fear, doubt, hope and love. This perfect balance of negative and positive charges, of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood, powers your body’s most critical organ and essentially gives you life.
This is the thread running through Cassandra Bangel’s 2013 sophomore release, ‘Four Chambers’. Cassandra pulls listeners through their hearts’ never-ending emotional circuit, first by opening them up to the worlds of fear and doubt. Tremolo strings and a daunting church organ cast the dark tones that comprise “Still Afraid of the Dark”, while steadily hammered piano and an incendiary horn section in “Doubt” recreate the arresting imposition of doubt on the creative mind. Then, Cassandra takes a considerable turn into a place of hope and love, warming up the sonics with acoustic guitar and Rhodes piano in “World Gone Quiet”, and smooth, swelling vocals in “Closer to You”.
With its distinct emotional efficacy, the EP represents the candid, soul-bearing artist Cassandra Bangel strives to be. “I want to dig as deep as I can dig,” she explains, “in order to extract and turn into song all of things I feel and experience as a person. I want the pounding of the human heart to be my rhythmic backbone. I want the sudden rush of blood or surge of chills to be my lo and hi ends. I want to capture what it sounds like to be alive.’”
Before its release in the spring of 2013, ‘Four Chambers’ has already garnered attention from the television world. “World Gone Quiet” will be featured in the mini-series ‘The Eve of Destruction’, set to air this coming February. Cassandra also plans to grace a wide selection of cities this summer in her ‘Four Chambers’ 2013 Tour. In the wake of the EP’s release, Cassandra continues to win over audiences with her live, multi-instrumental looping show, which she brings to some of Vancouver’s most illustrious venues.
“Through touring and sharing my latest creation, I really hope I can silence the unwanted voices of fear and doubt, and instill a little more hope and love in the lives of my listeners. I want to use these emotions to let all wandering souls know that they are not alone. What F. Scott Fitzgerald once said about literature might, too, be said about music: through music you discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from everyone—you belong. Our hearts are timed to the beat of the same kick drum, broken by the weight of the same sorrows, and healed in the tenor of the same songs.”