Kasēogems might be a new duo on the Vancouver scene, but the harmonies they create together weave with timelessness — and not only because they’re covering a timeless classic. Bruce Springsteen might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of stripped down folk, but Geoff Gibbons and Vicky Sjohall know how to add a modern magic to his 1984 track “I’m on Fire”.
The rhythm of the piece is the first element to stand out. When the synth melody comes in, it strikes, not growing so much as emerging from the plucking of the acoustic guitar. Somehow, this track gives a sense of delicate minimalism while also showcasing a grandness of emotion — a heaviness. The harmonies that Gibbons and Sjohall create burn with lushness and carry the song. What the duo — both songwriters — create next is something to be anticipated.