Friday 23 May 2014

Rebecca Clements - New Waves

“I am one hell of a slut,” tweeted South West UK based singer Rebecca Clements a while ago. Now before you get the wrong idea, let’s put this in context. The whole tweet was this: “The word “slut” was originally used to describe a woman who didn’t keep her room clean... In that case, I am one hell of a slut.” 

It seems that it's not just her room mess that Rebecca excels in, for Wildlife, the tune she’s chosen to introduce herself to the world with, is also about a mess, but this time it’s a mess of a relationship. “We try to run free, but we’re two lost strays, all caught up in the mess we’ve made,” she sings.

It’s a beautiful piece of work, another song from the school of new minimalism, taking something that could have easily been over swamped with bass, drums, keys and lots of layered production, but instead Rebecca (with the assistance of producer Iain Archer) lets the whole thing breathe a sorry heavy breath, reflecting the despondency of the lyrics. Listen to the sad echo of the guitar and Rebecca’s strong hurting vocal and get ready to be impressed. A new talent strikes.

Rebecca Clements - Wildlife

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