FM PREMIERE: Cascina Caradonna presents Enter Sceptre’s ‘Tormentor’

"It's about an unknowing omnipotent entity, who consumes and ravages your very soul."
13 April 2023

New York actress and youtuber Cascina Caradonna is famous for being Dina‘s face model in The Last of Us Part II – a very popular video game.

Cascina’s new band, Enter Sceptre, has arrived. The fascinating music project blend indie electronica and dream pop which has been likened to Grimes, Daft Punk and ELO. Their debut album is on its way.

The first cut of the album, which functions as an excellent intro to its exquisite offering is called Tormentor. Cascina says: “Tormentor is about an unknowing omnipotent entity, who consumes and ravages your very soul. The track starts out on a soulful orchestral journey, building up towards a climatic release into a pop oriented electronic beat, and finishes out with a powerful and ripping guitar solo, shrieking the pain of the message.”

Under the name Voyager, Cascina has developed a fictional identity and story to share their experiences of being an isolated person in a huge, busy world.

Enter Sceptre is the music project started by Voyager, the young human who grew up on their own in a lush region of the Pacific Ocean (3599 Electric ave).

“They don’t remember when they settled down in this peaceful blue neighbourhood, but they’re definitely content with their current situation and have no desire to go back. Everywhere there was nothing but noise and mean people. They’d try their hand at dating every so often, but it always ended up being a total mess.”

Tormentor was created during a tough moment in Voyager‘s life when she was going through an unhealthy relationship. It speaks to how tough it can be when one person is the only one feeling the love.

I started with the line, ‘you don’t know, where I go, my Tormentor’ as the melody came to me during a stale class one morning. – shares Cascina – I wrote verse after verse in my notebook, nodding my head every so often to assure the teacher I was in agreement with her lecture. Back at home that night I began crafting the beat, pads and lead line for the instrumental bit. The bulk of the song made me want to dance, and was so upbeat and happy. There had to be more pain. I crafted an intro out of violins, and pretty soon had two completely separate songs on my hands. Transitioning from one section to the other was a complete accident as the delay effect on my vocals was being modulated as the tempo rose. The feedback of it in the silence was so good that I kept it as it was, and enjoyed the journey the song presented itself as.

Cascina adds: “Touch, by Daft Punk was a huge influence for this song, and I loved that there was no definitive or repetitive structure binding its free expression. Thick bands of harmonies are my favorite meal, so every line of the song has at least 4 voices singing different notes. Although a shrieking 80’s guitar solo at the end is perhaps outdated, it’s not fair I hadn’t been born yet. Not my fault, enjoy.”  

The pandemic was tough for everyone, but especially for actors and musicians. Music become a way of dealing with all the grief and emotional trauma, this is why she concentrated on it even more than her acting career. She really got into it and her room quickly became a studio and Voyager was born there.

“The dark sea wanes with the pulses of life. Each creature bares a heart and blood, pumping in time. I forget the melody of this existence, and am often singing in a different key, to a different rhythm altogether. Lost, alone and out of mind weary.

Well it’s someones fault for wiring my sinewy mind to work. At least whistle while you’re at it! 

I forget most things at once. The things I remember at a time are few in number, shallow in depth and almost never of any use. I could’ve sworn I packed more knowledge into this meatloaf before I came to this planet. 

Ah well, to be human.”