Calvyn Cass feels like a star in his new single and suitably cinematic video for Hollywood Calls — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The burgeoning pop singer-songwriter’s second release of 2023 — which also serves as the introduction to his upcoming album Every Kind Chapter One: Reigning Stars — was inspired by Cass’s deep love of film, and his fascination with the way love is portrayed on the silver screen.
“Movies have an extraordinary way of portraying love,” he says. “They often paint a picture of a love that’s all-consuming, passionate, and seemingly endless in its honeymoon phase. The silver screen showcases an idealized version of love, where every moment is exciting, life-changing and passionate. However, the real experience of love is a far more intricate and diverse journey, encompassing a multitude of experiences throughout someone’s lifetime. It’s not just about those beautiful, cinematic moments; it’s also about the complex and often challenging stories that weave into the tapestry of our lives.”
The single is accompanied by a dreamy video shot during a live performance. The stunning visuals pay homage to Lana Del Rey’s ever-endearing sense of hazy California romanticism, adeptly blending nostalgia with strong sensuality. Hollywood Calls was penned by Cass and award-winning Australian producer / songwriter Jess Edo, while production took place at Vancouver’s renowned EastBLVD Studios.
Inspired by artists from Mariah Carey to Aerosmith, Cass’s lyricism pays homage to his love of ’90s pop, while his production style adeptly blends 2000s nostalgia with the sounds of today. “I love pop music that sparks a flame inside you,” he explains. “I want the music I create to move people in a way that has them feel like that song was written just for them.”
Cass first burst onto the scene back in 2020 with his debut single ME, Myself, and I and has continued to build a strong following in the time since. In just three years, his songs have been streamed over a million times, and he’s racked up a whopping 500,000 views on YouTube. Now, he’s channeling that momentum into an ambitious two-part album that boasts production from the likes of multi-platinum producers Adam H. (Ray J, Ne-Yo, Def Leppard, Loverboy) and Dave Genn (54•40, Matthew Good).