The Swedish singer-songwriter KLARA has joined Elizabeth Tillotson for the first-ever episode of ‘The Magnificent Singer’ to talk about the creation of her debut album ‘BLOSSOM (out now via The Office Stereo/AWAL).
From thinking about it, to writing it, and finally recording it, the podcast is dedicated to helping singers find their creative direction on any project.
Listen to it: HERE
In this episode, KLARA invites us into the creative process of an album, using her album ‘Blossom’ as a guideline. In the podcast, the Swedish artist shares her experience on collaborating with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Erland Cooper or Fabio De Oliveria (George Ezra’s drummer), working in a recording studio, from one of the magnificent one, Real World Studio, to simply her ‘homemade studio’ in her living room, and writing sessions.
She also shares her best technical advice via personal anecdotes, how she chooses the instruments she works with, the role of arrangements, and talks about the importance and the best way to work with others.
KLARA says she is “a people’s person”, as she likes to interact and collaborate with other music artists and to have them in the studio. “I believe in collaborations most of the time will give you better results as well. So you, if you work with someone else, they will always have other skills to bring to the table that will make it better.”
KLARA also comes back to the success of her song ‘These Woods (Human Made)’ that she wrote for the car brand VOLVO and has reached #1 on the iTunes UK Singer-Songwriter chart (it recently re-entered at #9) “They wanted to reimagine it and rerecord it at Real World Studios. And so I wrote a new melody and new lyrics and I called it “These Woods” because I love lyrics are somewhere in between poetry and storytelling.”
KLARA tells Elizabeth about the step that can be seen as the most difficult one of the songwriting process: finding inspiration.”I think that 90% of art in general, there has to be some darkness in there too, to make it a point to make something interesting.’ She reveals she started writing this album because of the political darkness that’s been happening the last three years in America & Europe, but also why she writes music: speaking her truth “I guess this is what artists do you, you tell it in your songs and hopefully someone would listen and hear a different perspective because I feel that it’s needed.”
Boasting fragrant folk-hewn songwriting, KLARA’s debut album ‘Blossom’ has pop aspirations, like Laura Marling viewed through the prism of London Grammar, while echoing Daughter’s frosted atmosphere. Released on January 24th, and written in Church Studios and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s internationally respected Real World Studios, BLOSSOM is now available HERE
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