The follow-up single to "Hurts," “Morphine” is Cade’s most tender and soul-baring track to date. Sung in his distinctive baritone, it's a song about coping with the weight of life’s expectations. “I think your life experiences can either make you the person you always feared you’d become or the person you always hoped you’d become,” Cade expands. “By putting this song out, I hope I’m one step closer to the latter."
In the song, Cade sings, "I can't listen to my favorite songs anymore/I try to write a song as good, but come up short". Constantly trying to write a song as good as his favorites, this is the first song he's ever put out that he feels like would make his heroes proud.
"Hurts" is the first single of 2022 and the follow-up to debut EP Tell Me How It's Worth It. 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."
TELL ME HOW IT'S WORTH IT
Tell Me How It's Worth It is the debut EP for indie pop newcomer Cade Hoppe. Working with Brooklyn-based producer Harper James (of Eighty Ninety), he has put together a selection of five tracks that hit the sweet spot between hazy indie rock and catchy pop.
On the EP, Cade’s distinct baritone vocals deliver meaningful vignettes of love, loss, transition, and desire with lyrics that wade through a gamut of emotions and experiences: he explores the pain of wanting someone or something you can’t have (“Loverly High”), taking blind leaps of faith (“On My Way Down”), unrequited love (“Click Boom Run”), not knowing how to say goodbye (“Borrowed Time”), and learning to accept love from those who love you just as you are (“Afterparty”).