Photo by Bailey Judd
I’ve spoken before about how much I love the moment when I’m introduced to an Australian artist’s debut single and it leaves me speechless. It’s a memorable moment that fills me with excitement and happiness. It’s happened multiple times this year, and just recently it happened again. My experience listening to Cake from Clover Blue for the first time left me feeling astounded. I couldn’t get enough of this song, feeling like I had memorised the structure and lyrics of the single in the days following its release.
The song is layered with lyrics of heartbreak and honesty, performed beautifully through the Naarm/Melbourne based artist’s stunning voice. It reminded me a lot of Ruby Gill’s Your Mum, with Clover delivering a stripped-back and intimate indie-folk song that pulls focus to the artist’s voice and lyrics. The guitars, drums, synths, and even the hint of glockenspiel, are layered so perfectly that Clover’s dynamic vocal performance becomes the central element that draws you in.
Written and recorded just before lockdown with producer Bailey Judd and drummer Soren Maryasin, Cake is a song that explores “the deflation of casual separation, grappling with the realities of romantic boundaries and blind-spot desires” - and you really feel this. I love a good heartbreak song about reminiscing and thinking back at past relationships, but I love even more when the artist really sells you on that feeling through their voice alone, backed by melancholic instrumentation. That’s what makes this song something I fell so in love with.
I am eagerly anticipating what’s to come next from Clover Blue, and I’m sure after listening to Cake, you’ll feel the same way too.