Clea is a Brisbane artist who first heard her calling deep within the moody depths of Grizzly Bear’s Vekamist. She’s continued from there and just like her Brooklyn forbears, there’s always a little more scratching beneath the surface than the listener might expect. Taking us a little further into her musical world, Clea has compiled us a playlist of 10 tracks she would have a hard time living without.
Rabbit Radio: Clea! Hello! How are you going?
Clea: Hello hello! I am very well thank you! Although, I have just come back from a week in Far North Queensland and I’m missing the tropics and the running creek next to my tent… it’s a bit of a shock to the system being back in the Big Smoke.
RR: There’s a moody-pastoral-orchestral kind of vibration that runs through many of these tracks. Is there a common thread holding them altogether?
C: That’s exactly what I thought when I was making the playlist! It’s made me realise that the sweeping, orchestral sounds stick with me. I feel so grounded and relieved when I listen to these songs...maybe the classical world is calling for me through the realm of modern ballads.
RR: Grizzly Bear are clocking in not once but twice. What has been the impact of the band on your own music?
C: When I was 14 my brother put on Veckatimist as it had just been released. The album immediately reeled me in. I guess the most obvious impact was that it was a Grizzly Bear song that I first learnt on the guitar.
What I love about Grizzly Bear is the layering and expansive textures within the music, and yet every aspect is so clear and unspoiled. It’s the calm within the chaos of sound that resonates with me, plus I have learnt a lot from listening to their brilliant melodies these past nine years.
RR: I have to admit that Painted Ruins went a little over my head. It’s cool to see you rate it. What about it puts it, along with ‘Wasted Acres’, in your top ten?
C: I encourage you to give it at least another two listens all the way through. The album is hypnotic and is a representation of Grizzly Bear’s matured musicality. Like a good aged red wine next to the fire. ‘Wasted Acres’ is an amazing album intro, the interchanging melodies from Ed [Droste] and Dan [Rossen] is so damn good. It’s probably my most recent favorite song so that’s why it’s in my Top 10 for now.
RR: Tell me about your relationship with Peter Gabriel.
C: I have to thank my parents for that one. So was played a lot growing up. That raspy tone and attitude is so infectious, plus who can pass up a Kate Bush collab! Also, Peter Gabriel is my dad’s doppelgänger so he’s like a father figure to me!
RR: You’ve just dropped a new clip for ‘Cool Days’ what’s coming next?
C: A trickling down of the album over the next few months. I’m very excited to share this record. And then I’m off to make album two!