Every so often, a session musician will strike out from the backline to lead a group of his own. Much of the time, the resulting music is technically impressive but less than compelling—more or less underlining why he was playing backup rather than fronting a band in the first place.
But Ben Cassorla, who’s toured with bands like Washed Out and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (and, interestingly, Slick Rick), has proven himself to be an exception to the rule with his group, Cassorla. Back in the spring, he released an EP called Amigos—named for the group of buddies, including Aubrey Plaza and members of the Magnetic Zeroes and Blitzen Trapper, who played on it—that emphasized his nifty pop songwriting chops over any flashy guitar skills he possesses.
The band’s about to head out for a fall tour with Blitzen Trapper. In preparation, he’s recorded a new single. Co-produced by Mighty Mike, who’s previously worked with Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson, “The Right Way” expands Cassorla’s sonic pallette by combining his signature punchy, riffy rhythm guitar playing with glassy keyboard flourishes and trap music’s flickering hi-hats, resulting in an odd but very interesting hybrid of indie rock and digital pop.