by Philip Moss
Existing like a solitary painting – hung at one end of an airless gallery – Bristol’s Clara Mann returns with the latest mini-epic from her upcoming Sad Club Records’ release.
Like its predecessor, I Didn’t Know You Were Leaving Today, new single, Thoughtless, feels almost alien in modern society – Mann’s reflections seemingly out of place, as she sways mournful pigments across her latest masterpiece.
Backed by the purest of gentle, fingerpicked guitar and muted strings, it is Mann’s voice which dominates the canvas – falling somewhere between the classic tropes of Joanna Newsom and Erin Durant, and the Gothicism of Jason Molina and Claire Cronin. ‘I may live a long life – time may go quicker when we both keep quiet,’ Mann sings less than a quarter in, and laying her vulnerabilities bare, it’s this nakedness that makes her music so rawly addictive.
Clara Mann’s debut EP, Consolations, is out on 24th February through Sad Club Records.
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