The Achingly Gorgeous Follow-Up To 'Kiss Me' Perfectly Captures Love And Longing

You made his short film and song a viral hit.

A little over a year ago, we shared "Kiss Me," a short film by Toronto's Cas Stonehouse, an absolutely incredible young singer-songwriter and filmmaker we found while searching for undiscovered talent on YouTube.

"Kiss Me" affected people for a lot of reasons. It captures, as I wrote, "all of the tenderness, all of the affection, all of the exhilaration and fragile possibility of young love" in a simple video. 

But it was Cas' song, "Made of You," that people fell in love with. 

The article went viral shortly after Ashton Kutcher posted it on Facebook and soon caught the attention of Seventeen, as well as Elite Daily. It remains one of the most popular articles we've ever posted.

"It was definitely a shock to begin with," Cas told us in an interview, "because I immediately got this influx of messages and new followers on my fan page, which was sitting at around a couple hundred likes before I was featured on A Plus. Now, I'm over 7,000, which is ridiculous. But it's allowed me to get my foot in the door."

That's why we're so glad to present "Candle," the follow-up to "Made of You." 

Whereas "Made of You" was a paean to young love, "Candle" is something of an ode to separation.

"'Candle' for me is a story of being separated from someone, physically or emotionally, and how that strains on your relationship, no matter if it's romantic or platonic," he said. "I don't think there was necessarily a specific moment or event that inspired me to write it, but it's more of something that I've noticed over time. I've never been good at sustaining long-distance friendships with people and this song is kind of like an expression of me taking notice of that, I guess."

You'll immediately recognize Cas' haunting voice in the rich, clear acoustics of the church where it was recorded. 

Listen to "Candle" here:

Here are the lyrics, provided by Cas.

Miles, miles in between fingertips
Trial, trials and the judge won't quit
I'm a, I'm a little wary of the light
The sky is dark but the candle's burning bright

And I don't think that I am feeling up to it tonight
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle
Please don't try to talk because you're ruining the light
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle

Tiptoe, tiptoe down the valley to the sand
I've got, I've got too much in my hand
I'm not okay with the things we never say
The sky is dark but it's too late

And I don't think that I am feeling up to it tonight
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle
Please don't try to talk because you're ruining the light
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle

Wax on my hands
Wrapped around my heart
I can't stand
All this searching in the dark

And I don't think that I am feeling up to it tonight
We're burning like a candle
Please don't try to talk because you're ruining the light
We're burning like a candle
And I don't think that I am feeling up to it tonight
We're burning like a candle
We're burning like a candle
Please don't try to talk because you're ruining the light
We're burning like a candle [x8]

We asked Cas, now studying filmmaking in college, about future plans.

"I don't know if I necessarily have a future in film," he said. "Despite the fact that I'm currently studying screenwriting in university, I don't see myself as being a part of the film industry in the future. Music has always been a higher priority to me, and I'd love to do it as my job. It's just something I've always wanted to do."

We wish him the best.

For more from Cas Stonehouse, check him out on FacebookSoundCloud, and iTunes. His YouTube channel can be found here. You can also follow him on Twitter.