Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Clea recorded her debut EP Fairweather between a mix of coastal, rural and inner city studios and that transient nature has injected itself into her dreamy debut. A mix of urban-esque yet freeing electronic beats lie on a wave beneath Clea’s folk-like, airy vocals as the EP progresses between primary use of synths to strong percussion to guitar.
“Positive Paradise” surprises with its unassuming, idle few seconds of silence before an quick vocal engagement à la “Salad Days” by Mac Demarco. “I’m scared of being alone, looking for a positive paradise” Clea divulges as electronic motions blossom beneath.
“I’m done giving my love away” she sings vulnerably on “Fairweather Friends” near-acapella before a blooming and delicate electronic line punches into the mix. These dark themes run throughout the EP with Clea’s alluring and graceful delivery constantly lulling you into an emotive cloud. Whereas “Bright Blue” is reminiscent of Alex the Astronaut as percussion fuels a heavier and faster paced conversational and warm atmosphere.
With production from Zefereli, Clea’s debut EP sits as promising debut entry. It plays like the soundtrack to moments of realisation and confusion whilst maintaining a sense of awakening that helps the EP float and charm into adult-lullabies. You will frequently catch yourself hypnotised, yet with a foot alive and well-tuned/allured by the beat.
Review Score: 8.2 out of 10.
Fairweather is out now through Mirror Records.