Wonderful album! great songs for my difficult moments, it helps a LOT with anxiety. it's wonderful because it's made by clair and she's so talented!
I love this album, for me so far it's the best album of the year!
Favorite track: Kelvingrove.
I love it for being so unique, spooky, mysterious but not secretive, so weird and alien but also beautiful and somehow at home. Experimental music laced with noise and field recordings can be difficult and a bit repulsive, but this album is fascinating, 'like a woozy fever dream in a magic forest after dark' - the quotes in the liner notes capture it pretty well. So many good things going on, and the impression lasts even after having listened to it a few times. It's.. irresistible.
Clair is that extraordinary thing: a musical artist that arrives not only fully formed, but with a completely mature sound. Her Earth Mother may be a debut album, but its genesis takes in decades of life and musical experience, including right at the heart of Glasgow’s unique music scene.
The record music comes from a place of healing through nature – using magick, field recordings, experimenting with instruments she picked up from travelling and in charity shops, as well as random objects ranging from sex toys to a mini sewing machine to jewellery tools, even a blow torch. At points, you might think it falls somewhere in between ambient, neo-classical and folk but with the odd nugget of – as Clair puts it in true Glaswegian form – “ecto hit euphoria”. You might hear hints of Terry Riley or Japanese new age or other hip reference points but really, truly it’s not about references: it exists in a space that’s all its own. This is one woman’s vision coming through loud and clear.
This is what a life of total immersion in music does to a person. From Guns’n’Roses and rave tapes in the car as a wayward kid, to raving at Slam and Optimo and Glasgow’s notorious after-hours house parties, to promoting her own shows and running her own label, Clair’s absorbed it all. She might have only started making music in 2019 for her own therapeutic purposes, and taking it seriously in 2020 as a way of staying on a level in lockdown – but without knowing it she was spending thousands of hours preparing. This rich, beautiful record is a summation of the light and dark, the instinctive and the well-schooled, the rough and the smoothed of a life well lived... and it’s only just the start.
Clint Mansell (film composer Black Swan / requiem for a dream / Ben Wheatley films) 'I really like your music' 'there's an ache to Kelvingrove and a euphoria to Catnip' 'work shows breadth':
Hudson Mohawk 'Tunes are brilliant! Especially Catnip'
Joe muggs (journalist / author / Dj) 'really love how you've found a sound that's all yours Clair. It's inspiring in fact':
Keith McIvor / Twitch (Optimo) 'Epic, really great, love it'
Luke Turner ( Co Founder of The Quietus) 'Great, right up my strasse' the Tiger Queen track is bloody lovely, has hints of the sort of Musick To Play In The Dark Coil stuff ‘
Rebecca Vasmant (wwfm resident) 'love these tracks':
Samantha Bagg (DJ, Pikes Ibiza / Music for dreams presenter) 'Genius, Philip Glass meets Brian Eno' ‘Beautifully haunting. Unnerving yet comforting all at the same time. Absolute talent’:
Stuart McLean (The dark outside festival curator) 'Really brilliant':
Henry Moller (Audio doughnuts) 'there's some real gems in there'
Tom Keil (Ultra Music) 'Love it, excellent'
Grainne Vedamanikan (Synergy concerts) 'Love Love Love it, it’s really beautiful!'
Richard Norris (Mute) 'I love it. So many good things going on throughout the album. People have compared it to Philip Glass, Eno, etc, however it sounds more far unique than this suggests. It's a widescreen fever dream.'
Deejay Umb: It’s like a musical tapestry of a hidden magical garden
Jajouka Pipes, Zeppelinesque Drones, Gamelan Vibes, Depeche Mode Black Celebration era Electronica, Jimmy Page Lucifer Rising atmospherics & Felix Laband soundscapes with a hint of KLF!
Manpower: 'Love it' 'pastoral and gothic in equal measure'
Neil Cooper (journalist) 'Like a woozy fever dream in a magic forest after dark after being possessed by Angela Carter'
Ned Ragget (journalist) 'playful’ instrumental electronic/psych spookiness'
released July 15, 2021
Big love and thanks to Finlay Mackay and Pat Shuro for the incredible art work.
Much love to the legend Brian Sweeney for filming the gorgeous audacious rollergirl Alicia Rogers for me.
Big thanks to Harry Olorunda for arranging sponsorship from Dead Man's fingers rum.
Thanks and massive love to my dear friend Will Croxford (who some of you might know from Dalston Superstore, he lives in Stockholm now) for grabbing me some field recordings in Spain, and for editing the video 'Kelvingrove'
Massive love to Catherine and Gordon Lemay for recording their wee one Cuisle Lemay singing in Gaelic
Big love to London pals comedian and musician Sam Vom Cruise Hammond for recording his cat Hercules, and the lovely Laura Pye for her recording of her cat Furlough.
Massive thanks to Sam Smith at Green door for his wonderful as always mastering
Huuuuuge thanks to:
Luke Turner (The Quietus)
Samantha Bagg (Pikes / Music for dreams)
Stuart McLean (The dark outside festival curator)
Henry Moller (Audio doughnuts)
Tom Keil (Ultra Music)
Grainne Vedamanikan (Synergy concerts)
Richard Norris (Mute)
Deejay Umb (Generation Bass)
Speedy from Radio Buena Vida
Neil Cooper (music journalist)
Ned Raggett (Music journalist)
James Thornhill (Music journalist)
My good pal Blair Govan
and especially to Joe Muggs and Keith McIvor for all their massive support along the way inc radio play
Woody my old friend, you'll be dearly missed and never forgotten, you were nooooooo tooooo baaaahuuuuuud.
This is a great initiative and in support of a great cause, with lots of fascinating music responding to the crazy situation we've all been in for the last few months. One to look back on when this is all over and it will be very evocative of what we've lived through. Excellent stuff nickdrewski