The world needs more Clea.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, she is a singer-songwriter of the highest quality, singing all the right words in all the right places. Listening to her is a luxury, with only two of her songs currently available on Soundcloud.
I first heard “Polyester” about a year ago, being absolutely blown away by Clea’s vocal range and attention to lyrical detail. It’s such a personal song, the type of tune that is made to make you think, bask, and relate as much as feel. I should also mention the velocity and skill of her guitar work, which takes the song to an even higher level of wander and wonder.
Then you get “Dire Consequences,” a track that really steps it up in the production department. The useful blend of multi-instrumentation elevates the importance of Clea’s subject matter, with her voice reverberating and echoing throughout.
HG: So, the world wants to know… when is the “Dire Consequences” video dropping? I’m dying over here.
C: Soon soon! I can’t tell you when exactly but I assure you very soon!
HG: How long have you been singing and playing for? What lead you to make your own music?
C: I’ve been singing since I was a little girl and playing guitar for about 5 years. I then started to gig in 2013. I was so motivated and influenced by other musicians to make music… I was kind of like hey! I want to do that!
HG: Describe your perfect breakfast.
C: Poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, cooked spinach, 1 piece of fresh sourdough and lots of salt! + 1 small soy flat white… Mmm I’m starting to salivate.
HG: Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to? Is there one that especially touches your soul?
C: Wye Oak, Grizzly Bear, Laura Marling, Nick Drake, Ainslie Wills, Beck.
I have a soft spot for Grizzly Bear, I’ve been a teary-eyed fan girl for quite some time.
HG: How excited are you for your London shows? What do you think about touring so far? Any places you’d like to travel next?
C: Excitement for London shows gets an 8 out of 10. I’m more so traveling around and playing a show here and there rather than on tour…. but it’s bloody fantastic so far. Yeah! I’ll be heading to Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and possibly a few others! Europe is alright.
HG: Tell me about your songwriting process. Is there a certain method to creating your music?
C: I write about my feelings and sentiments at the time. I muck around on the guitar, find a sweet chord and go from there. I mumble a few lyrics, some may stick and some I have to write down later. It can take me up to a day or a month to finish a song.
HG: “Polyester” is such a beautiful song. Tell me about when you wrote that. It seems so personal to me.
C: Oh thank you! I was a heart broken girl when I wrote “Polyester”. Yeah it’s very personal… I guess most of my songs are.
HG: What is next? What can your fans expect?
C: I shall be traveling for the next 4 months, playing shows, writing and meeting fresh faces! As soon as I hit home soil I’ll be getting stuck into my EP!
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