“Voice-wise, her dulcet tones resemble those of Joy Williams of The Civil Wars”

– Rob Weir, Principal Music Writer, SingOut! Magazine, USA

“Another great album from a New Zealand artist, joining records by Into The East and Tattletale Saints. Music well worth buying.”

– Michael Parks, The International Americana Music Show

“The delicate guitar work and engaging vocal tone mesh beautifully, creating magic”

– Independant Clauses

STEPH CASEY’S LUMINOUS DEBUT. Steph Casey is a Wellington, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter, though one quickly hears that her muses have spent considerable time across the pond in the United States. Among the influences she cites–and which you’ll hear on her debut record–are Gillian Welch, The Be Good Tanyas, and Lucinda Williams. Voice-wise, her dulcet tones resemble those of Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, another inspiration. One of my favorites is “Thievery,” a no-punches-pulled song of longing. Another is “Heavy Warm Heart,” an off-kilter little number heavy on the first beats, in which Casey lets her light voice bounce off and between picked acoustic guitar notes whilst viola and cello add sonorous depth. This is a solid debut, no matter how long it took to arrive.
ROB WEIR Principal Music Writer for SingOut! Magazine, USA’s oldest folk music publication.

The best moments of singer/songwriter Steph Casey‘s Whisper and Holler fall on the “whisper” side of that equation: when Casey’s songs are stripped down to sparse acoustic guitar and voice, her work shines. “Heavy Warm Heart” and the title track are lent an immediacy by their simplicity, as it feels like Casey had the melodies burning a hole in her pocket and just had to get them out there. The delicate guitar work and engaging vocal tone mesh beautifully, creating magic. These tunes fall right in line with the ethos that characterizes the highlights: take one thing and do it well.

After listening numerous times to the indie-folk album “Whisper & Holler” I have become somewhat addicted and under the spell of the startling debut of Steph Casey, and ask myself under which New Zealand stone has she kept herself hidden until now. Those who are familiar with the music of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Over the Rhine will immediately be comfortable  with this vocalist, with her ingenious and emotional songs full of love and pain, as the central focus. Casey’s soulful opening number Nice To Almost Know You begins with a lone acoustic guitar which is then complimented by her voice, and gradually builds to a full sound with the whole band, yet retains its grass-roots raw feel. This is in fact the case for the whole album: strong builds – modest and unforced. This is music at the highest level.  An album of thirteen original tracks which after a few listens will make you feel at home wherever you may be.

I love how even in her higher range, her voice still contains a breathy abandonment, allowing for a feeling of effortlessness to seep through her music in a beautiful way. She delivers unique, heart-touching songs in all 13 tracks and never fakes it, or plays it up to be something it’s not; it leaves her very vulnerable. I think it’s paid off. For someone who has placed as a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in which more than 7,000 entries are submitted every year, the humbleness that Steph demonstrates is a lesson to us all. The release of ‘Whisper & Holler’ is yet another accomplishment she should be very proud of.