26-year-old Casey Dubie is proud to announce her debut record, Into The Moon, out Friday, October 26th. Born and bred in Burlington, Vermont and now based in Houston, Texas, with stints in Nashville, Chicago, and Northern California scattered in between, the semi-nomadic songwriter spent the last two plus years working on material for her first full-length. After teaming up with Nashville-based producer Micah Tawlks, Casey came away with an incredibly self-assured and arresting debut, one that shines in its intelligent dissection of the power dynamics that infiltrate relationships both romantic and platonic.
She shared lead single “Confetti”, saying “Confetti is this chaotic party image,”, an image that works to highlight the irony of the song’s meaning and presentation – one’s memories of a failed relationship morphing into an emblem of celebration, set against the sonic backdrop of irresistible indie-pop sheen. Stay tuned for further releases and announcements in the coming weeks.
Born and raised just outside of Burlington, Vermont, Casey Dubie didn’t set out to become a songwriter. She fell into the craft somewhat accidentally, as an eighth grader inspired by a local high schooler’s talent show performance. She picked up her mom’s guitar upon arriving home that night, began to teach herself to play, and never looked back. A year later, ninth grade Casey was playing her own music on that very same talent show stage. After graduating high school and wanting to expand beyond Burlington’s horizon, she packed up and moved to Chicago for college, where she studied music and Spanish, playing shows throughout town and writing new songs whenever she had the chance. Now, at 26 years old, all of her time spent playing and writing – behind closed doors in her childhood bedroom, in Northern California, where she relocated for a time post-grad, in Houston, where she currently resides, and in Nashville, where she would find her dream producer – has led up to this moment of releasing her debut record, Into The Moon.
Produced by Nashville-based multi-hyphenate Micah Tawlks, Into The Moon wrestles with the power dynamics found in relationships both romantic and platonic, exploring the level of control others can have over us, while ultimately inspiring listeners to overcome those unhealthy imbalances and be reminded that they are not alone in the struggle to do so. First track “Silver” begins with a stark guitar riff, taken to new heights by the gut-punching opening line, “Don’t matter what I do, I can’t make you happy,” sung with ease and confidence, perfectly spotlighting Casey’s striking, intimate alto. “Carry On” brilliantly details a toxic friendship at its breaking point, and lead single “Confetti” compares one’s memories of a past relationship to those little bits of colored paper, thrown “up in the air in a polychrome cloud,” only lasting for a few moments of nostalgia before hitting the ground and snapping one back to present day. “It’s this chaotic party image,” Casey shares, “which is ironic, because revisiting such memories is not usually a celebration,” but such a juxtaposition works to create one of the record’s absolute high points, both sonically and lyrically.
Casey recorded the album at Micah’s home studio in the first three weeks of February, marking the second time the pair had collaborated (the first being on Casey’s 2015 debut EP). In between tracking sessions, they co-wrote the album’s title track in half an hour, inspired by the image of someone asleep in bed, the sunrise casting a shadow across their body as it pours through the blinds, and their significant other sitting by the window, watching the light travel, removed from reality and fully consumed by the presence of their partner. Throughout the entirety of Into The Moon, Casey and Micah’s partnership is seamless, proven by the fact that they walked away with a body of work that calls to mind early Feist – emotive horn arrangements, immediate vocals, and incisive lyricism – as well as the self-assured and moving debuts of contemporaries such as Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Tomberlin.
Casey Dubie has arrived, and she reminds us of that on each track that she chose to comprise Into The Moon. It’s a record that hits you from the very first chord change, and it’s an entrance you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.