After discovering there weren’t many like minded musicians within her hometown in New Jersey, Cadderwall decided to pursue music on her own and began officially writing music with the intent of posting it online for others to enjoy at the age of 17.
“I usually get stuck up on a phrase or a chord progression and then build around that,” cadderwall said when asked about the typical songwriting process. “Most of my writing material is my real life, like journal entries and such.”
Cadderwall pulls inspiration for her music not only from her own experiences, but from other artists, poets, and writers. Her latest two track EP showcases a song called Lunch Poems, after the work of poet Frank O’Hara and also includes a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ song Futile Devices.
“Frank O’Hara is my favorite poet," says cadderwall. “He had a very short life, but was very prolific…I think his poems resonate with me and so many people because they weren’t something that he really ruminated on and tortured himself over, so they’re just really organic and natural, but at the same time very moving.”
In the track Lunch Poems, she draws many themes from O’Hara’s work that relate to her own life, such as “the inevitability of disaster and leaning into feelings of love and devotion even though you know a disaster is forthcoming," she says. “The overall nature of love in that sense and also just now in the age of short attention spans and online dating.”
This track is a beautiful collision of the lives of two writers expressing themselves through two different mediums. The track not only includes audio of O’Hara reading his work, but also recordings of a voicemail featuring Cadderwall’s cousin, who she views as a mentor and personal inspiration. These raw moments act as a window into the lives of these artists and add to the song’s natural connection of the two worlds.
The second track, Futile Devices, is another great example of how Cadderwall brings new life to the work of others. “Futile Devices is off one of my favorite records. That song is so devastating. In wanted to switch it up because I don’t think it’s a sad song, really, but it definitely sounds that on the record. I think the themes in general are pretty sweet.”