TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM ‘BLOSSOM’ – OUT EARLY 2020
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED ‘THESE WOODS’ RE-ENTERED AT #9 ON ITUNES UK SINGER/SONGWRITER CHARTS
“Gorgeous and folky – wonderful harmonies” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Beautifully mature alt-pop” – CLASH
“Spellbinding” – The 405
Swedish born, London based singer-songwriter KLARA has today released the beautifully cinematic ‘Voices’ via The Office Stereo/AWAL. Written in Church Studios and recorded in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, ‘Voices’ is the latest musical offering lifted from KLARA’s debut album ‘Blossom’, out January 2020.
Co-produced by KLARA and Erland Cooper, ‘Voices’ is a delicately cinematic yet urgent offering. Boasting a songscape of rich guitar tones by Samuel Williams, an enticing rhythm section courtesy of Fabio de Oliveira (George Ezra), subtle cello arrangements by Klara Schumann and additional harmonies from Karina Ramage and Jess Belgrave, the song was written as a result of KLARA’s deep rooted uncertainty and fear for the direction of our political landscape.
“I wrote the lyrics to ‘Voices’ as a reaction to a very dark time in politics” KLARA says.
“For months I was glued to the news feeling helpless, not being able to do much. I went on a women’s march in Paris and several anti-Brexit marches and anti-Trump marches in London. Brexit had been voted for, Trump had just been elected in America and I was really scared. I felt that there were a lot of loud voices out there that didn’t represent me, that didn’t speak my truth.”
KLARA returned to Dalarna in Sweden to shoot the cover image for ‘Voices’, the same location where she shot her recent videos for ‘Broken’ and ‘I Can’t Speak For You’. Photographer Olof Grind shot the image on a beach by a lake and is the first to be released of a series of images shot by the pair.
Alongside the new single, KLARA’s previously released single ‘These Woods (Human Made)’ has this month re-entered the iTunes UK Singer/Songwriter chart at #9, having returned as the soundtrack to VOLVO television & cinema commercials in the UK and Australia. Surrounding its release and the first run of commercials, the single reached #1 in the same charts last year.
Since meeting Justin Vernon of Bon Iver at Glastonbury 2015 and being invited to spend time with him and his musical cohorts at his Eaux Claires Festival, KLARA returned from Wisconsin with a clear vision for her own music. Mixing the subtleties of a traditional singer songwriter with modern vocal production, KLARA’s work evolves the genre into the modern age. If Bon Iver provide a creative influence, then KLARA’s own love for the church-like reverb of bands such as Daughter and the bold yet sparse power of the London Grammar’s of this world help to shape her sound.
Born in Lund, Sweden, and based in London, KLARA splits her time between London, Sweden and LA, writing her own music in her studio at Church Studios in north London, whilst collaborating with songwriters such as Tim Myers (OneRepublic) and Jimmy Harry (Pink!, Weezer) in LA and writing camps in Sweden with the likes of Cajsa Siik and Annika Norlin (Hello Saferide, Säkert!).
With live shows to be announced over the coming months, ‘Voices’ presents itself as the perfect listening experience for momentary escapism.