Casey Dienel

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Casey Dienel
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Background information
Born (1985-03-10) March 10, 1985 (age 32)
Origin Scituate, Massachusetts
Genres Indie pop
Dream pop
Art pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, composer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Dead Oceans, Hush Records
Associated acts White Hinterland
Website White Hinterland

Casey Dienel (born March 10, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She released her debut album, Wind-Up Canary, in 2006 on Hush Records. Dienel currently performs and records as White Hinterland, whose first album, titled Phylactery Factory, was released on March 4, 2008, by the independent record label Dead Oceans. She plays piano, keyboards and ukulele.


Casey Dienel spent the bulk of her youth in Scituate, Massachusetts. She took her first piano lessons at age 4, and at age 14 began writing her own pop songs.[1] While attending Scituate High School, Dienel formed a short-lived band named The Bong Loads.

After high school, Dienel moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, having turned down an offer of acceptance from Sarah Lawrence College. After one semester of studying classical vocals, she opted to switch her major to classical composition. During her two years at the conservatory, Dienel studied with many notable musicians, including jazz vocalist Dominique Eade and composer Lee Hyla, before taking an indefinite leave of absence to pursue her own music career.

While living in Boston during her Conservatory years, Dienel met Dylan Metrano of the band Tiger Saw, and was an occasional member of the band's rotating lineup. She currently lives in Portland, OR.[2]

Wind-Up Canary[edit]

During the winter of 2005, Dienel was offered the chance to record for free at an abandoned caretaker's house on a farm in Leominster, Massachusetts. With some Conservatory friends and a piano borrowed from the lobby of a local hotel, she recorded a number of her own songs without any intention of releasing them. Without Dienel's knowledge, a copy of these recordings made its way to Chad Crouch, the head of Hush Records, who contacted her about releasing an album.[3] Dienel agreed and Hush released the recordings as Wind-Up Canary in March 2006.


On November 29, 2006, Casey Dienel announced that she was working with producer Djim Reynolds on recording an EP titled Vessels, and that she hoped to release it in early 2007. Dienel had this to say about the project:

I've had my head shoved in the books for several weeks now, attempting to finish a little EP for your ears that I'm calling Vessels. I can't talk too much about it, for you know how fickle I am when it comes to these things, but hopefully in the new year it will find its way to your hands with ribbons and brass, etc. I can tell you that some sounds are sprawling and some are still quite intimate, and it features a few of my favorite friends with me.[4]

To date, Vessels remains unreleased—however, there are live recordings and lyrics for the song available on the Internet.

White Hinterland[edit]

On January 4, 2008, after a few months hinting at "change,"[5] Dienel announced in her blog that "for the present and foreseeable future, there won’t be any more Casey Dienel."[6] Her blog post coincided with Dead Oceans' announcement of the forthcoming release of White Hinterland's album Phylactery Factory:

2008 is here, and with the new year comes the influx of new albums. Dead Oceans is thrilled to partake in this ritual, and we are enthused to officially welcome White Hinterland to our label family. Led by the talented Casey Dienel, White Hinterland have crafted the mysterious Phylactery Factory, which will arrive in record stores worldwide on March 4, 2008.[7]

In 2010, White Hinterland (consisting of the duo Dienel and artist/musician/collaborator Shawn Creeden) toured the US and Europe with their album Kairos. A song from this album, "Icarus", was selected by Revlon to be used in their 2010 commercial for Just Bitten Lip Stain, starring Jessica Biel and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Later the same year, "Icarus" was featured in an episode of the ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars," as well the fashion show of the winner of the Project Runway (season 8) finale, Gretchen Jones. The song was also used in the 2010 film It's Kind of a Funny Story.


White Hinterland released her third studio album Baby[8] on April 1, 2014 through Dead Oceans.[9]


In May 2016, it was reported that Justin Bieber and Skrillex were being sued for copyright infringement by White Hinterland, who claims the duo used her vocal loop from her 2014 song "Ring the Bell" without permission in the song "Sorry".[10] Eight seconds of the "Ring the Bell" riff is allegedly used six times in "Sorry." Co-writers are also included in the suit.[11] Producer Skrillex responded to the claim by uploading a video of himself manipulating the vocals of co-writer Julia Michaels.[12][13]


As Casey Dienel[edit]

  • Wind Up Canary (2006, Hush Records)
  • Imitation of a Woman to Love (2017, Paddle Your Own Canoe Society)

As White Hinterland[edit]

  • Phylactery Factory (2008, Dead Oceans)
  • Luniculaire EP (2008, Dead Oceans)
  • Kairos (2010, Dead Oceans)
  • Baby (2014, Dead Oceans)


  1. ^ Casey Dienel: Shining A Floodlight On The Humanness Of Strippers And At Least One Ladies Man Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "White Hinterland Monday, June 1". Willamette Week. 
  3. ^ Hush Records: Casey Dienel - "Wind-Up Canary" Archived September 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Musings - my book report.". Casey Dienel. 2006. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  5. ^ Musings: Bleating Hearts Archived February 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Musings: Ends in the Beginnings. Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^, 01/05/08
  8. ^ "Baby Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Manic" Press release on the new album.
  10. ^ "White Hinterland Speaks Out on Justin Bieber "Sorry" Lawsuit | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  11. ^ Stutz, Colin (May 26, 2016). "Justin Bieber & Skrillex Sued Over 'Sorry': Report". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Stutz, Colin (27 May 2016). "Skrillex on Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Justin Bieber Will Probably Settle His White Hinterland Lawsuit, Even Though He Shouldn't Have To | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

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