Gumbaynggirr/Bundjalung singer-songwriter Jem Cassar-Daley today drops her new single and video ‘Slow Down’. The catchy bop is the follow up to her heavily streamed - 1.5M and counting - ‘King of Disappointment’. Jem returns to 3KND to yarn about her new single and whats coming up for the rest of the year.
Jem’s voice enters as a refuge among a sea of dreamy guitars, in the opening bars of ‘Slow Down’; something you can’t help but cling to as the track rises and falls. Somewhat of an oxymoron - the track races to an energising beat yet feels carefree.
That paradox is echoed by the song’s lyrics, circling around the chaos and calm of a breakup. “It touches on the time post-breakup that's spent wondering what the other person is doing, having conversations with yourself, and learning how to process your emotions,” explains the young storyteller.
“I think learning how to make time for yourself can be challenging and finding work/life balance can feel near impossible sometimes. I think this song is an important reminder to try and slow down and take life one step at a time.”
Recorded in peaceful Byron Bay by Garrett Kato, the new single was an incredibly collaborative process. “We used some inspiration from the original demo that we recorded when I wrote the song with Jason Schoushkoff, Nick, Timm and Joe de la Hoyde in Sydney, and the de la Hoyde boys share the producer credits with Garrett and myself.”
Since her explosive debut in 2021, Jem’s authentic brand of Indie-Pop has earned her a lot attention. Her previous single ‘King of Disappointment’ not only eclipsed 1.5M streams but also hit #8 on the National Indigenous Music Chart. This year she was named as the star to watch in the Queensland. Sunday Mail, received the APRA/AMCOS Natsimo Youth Professional Development award and performed on Triple J’s renowned, Like A Version.
Hot on the heels of a stellar run of showcases at The Great Escape in the UK, Jem is set to perform at Sydney’s SXSW in October and will be appearing at the Sugar Drop Festival (QLD) and Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC). Currently on tour with Busby Marou on their Blood Red national tour, Jem will also be opening for multi award-winning Tina Arena in Sydney and will be performing alongside Tia Gostelow on the Sunshine Coast in November.
With a fresh Indie-Pop sound and the voice of a seasoned storyteller, Jem Cassar-Daley is an inimitable talent. The infectious ‘Slow Down’ sounds like the work of an artist on the fast track to stardom.
TOUR DATES: 9th September – Princess Theatre – Brisbane, QLD (w/ Busby Marou) 10th September – Moonee Beach Hotel – Moonee Beach, NSW (w/ Busby Marou) 14th September – Anita’s Theatre – Thirroul, NSW (w/ Busby Marou) 16th September – Sugar Drop Festival - Harrup Park – Mackay, QLD (w/ Tia Gostelow) 7th October – Night at the Barracks – Manly, NSW (w/ Tina Arena) 13th October – Riverside Precinct – Rockhampton, QLD (w/ Busby Marou) 14th October – Harrup Park – Mackay, QLD (w/ Busby Marou) 19th – 20th October – SXSW – Sydney, NSW 3 November – Solbar – Maroochydore – QLD (w/ Tia Gostelow) 18th November – This Is Livin’ Festival – Rainbow Beach Sports Club – Rainbow Beach, QLD 25th – 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival – Queenscliff, VIC
**Tickets are on sale now and available via https://jemcassardaley.com/#shows Jem’s captivating performances, stellar vocals and timeless song writing have earned her a strong list of nominations and awards already, national festival inclusions, impressive editorial playlist support along with nationwide press, including being named as the star to watch in 2023 in the Queensland Sunday Mail.
- NIMA New Talent of the Year Winner 2022 - QMA Indigenous artist of the year Winner 2022 for ‘Letting Go’ - Triple J Unearthed competition winner to support Gang of Youths for ‘A More Perfect Union’ 2022 - Released - I Don’t Know Who To Call - her debut EP June 2022 - NIMA Album of the Year finalist 2022 - Thelma Plum national tour support 2022 - 5 showcases at The Great Escape in the UK May 2023 - APRA/AMCOS NATSIMO YOUTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT award 2023 - Triple J Like A Version - The Sweet Escape’ July 2023 - Busby Marou national tour support 2023