Cassadee Pope is one of the most eclectic singer-songwriters in country music. She’s a little bit country, rock, alternative, and pop all rolled into one. She can add folk into the mix now; Pope released two songs off her upcoming acoustic LP Rise and Shine, out August 7th that show off her incredible songwriting and vocal range. “Built This House” and “Let Me Go” are the follow-ups to her independent smash, Stages, released in early 2019.
There are eight tracks on Pope’s upcoming album, and she released the opener and the closer. The opener, “Let Me Go”, is a stunning ballad about a relationship that needs to end one way or another. “You don’t want me but you won’t take/these chains off from my wrists,” she sings on the chorus to her partner. “I’ll never be good enough for you, never be good enough/What are we doing? You don’t get me so/so let me go”. Pope wrote it with Tina Parol and Kevin Rudolph, and Pope helped produce the track. The guitar is clear, and the mandolin buildup shines throughout as she sings these honest words.
“I wanted people to hear these [songs] in their purest form so I went with a more stripped back sound that really lets the lyrics stand out,” Pope said in a press release. “My hope is that these songs help aid people into feeling every emotion they need to let out.”
“Built This House” is a reflection about the end of a relationship, but on the other side of the breakup. It’s more upbeat in production, and so is the story. Pope sings along to a summery guitar, saying, “brick by brick, board by board/I built this house/from the foundation to the roof.” She uses a metaphor of building a house to the building of her self-worth and confidence. She wrote the track with Kelly Archer and Forest Glen Whitehead, and it’s a song that exudes clarity and personal ownership.
Cassadee Pope has always been such an important voice in country music. She has made music on her terms, used her platform to become a social activist, and has always been upfront about who she is and how she’s feeling. It’s heard in all her music, but especially this new chapter.
‘Built This House’ and ‘Let Me Go’ are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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