1. Hurts Cade Hoppe 3:57

Cade Hoppe has today released his new single titled ‘Hurts’. Cade’s vocals perfectly underscore the track between that fine line of the perfect hook and the steady buildup that the music creates to that moment we wait for in the song where we get audio bliss. And ‘Hurts’ takes its time to get there, but you love every second of it. The orchestration creates subtle tensions with a unique combination of background instrumentation and chord progression with layered harmonies. But the secret weapon is Cade’s vocals. That weathered baritone sound that’s pure signature. ‘Hurts’ is a song with a story. And a past.

About Cade Hoppe & ‘Hurts’

Underscored by swirling dream-pop production and a pulsating backbeat, Cade’s baritone vocals deliver heart-wrenching confessions about love and loss. Written from the POV of someone who has recently broken up with their significant other, “Hurts” grapples with feeling the weight of their absence. Cade elaborates on the track: “‘Hurts’ is about experiencing that strange post-relationship purgatory for the first time and realizing that anyone you love is going to hurt to lose, whether you were both meant to be or not. The thesis of this song is: ‘It’s not easy losing somebody, it always hurts.’ I think we all have to learn that lesson at some point in our lives and this song is about when I learned it for myself.”

Originally hailing from Sacramento, CA and now based in New York, Cade originally moved to the East Coast to pursue academic and athletic opportunities. He’d been writing songs and playing piano, guitar, bass and saxophone since childhood, but it wasn’t until 2020 that he started to explore the possibility of recording and releasing his own songs to prioritize his true passion. After putting out a few experimental releases with his stepbrother, Nick Adams, Cade connected with producer Harper James — one half of Eighty Ninety — and began to develop his indie-pop sound.

Imagine if The National made a Taylor Swift record endorsed by Chris Martin, Jack Antonoff, and Ben Folds—now you essentially have a Cade Hoppe record. But no matter whose music inspires comparison, the 22-year-old artist sets himself apart from others in the pop landscape with his warm, baritone vocals, earnest lyricism and sticky pop melodies. He ended last year with the release of his debut EP, ‘Tell Me How It’s Worth It,’ and is now preparing for a new year filled with even more music. With his steadfast determination and undeniable talent, Cade is well on his way to becoming an indie-pop mainstay.