Taking a page from the sublime and laidback storytelling of critical darlings Foxwarren and singer Andy Shauf, with the haunting melodicism of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Casa Loma makes strikingly effective use of acoustic guitar and minimalistic drums, with flourishes of horns and piano.
The songs that would become the Casa Loma EP began as a means for Nik to process his grief. He initially locked himself away with his guitar with no idea of what sort of stuff would even materialize. “These songs were not supposed to see the light of day, at all,” he explains. “When you have young children, you can’t go through a tragedy wearing your heart on your sleeve and take care of your kids at the same time.” Despite the gravity of the subject matter, Nik is quick to point out that Casa Loma isn’t all doom and gloom. A hopeful optimism permeates the contemplative compositions, with a reassurance to keep going.