I went to see her yesterday - she was at Hamer Hall. She is genuine, intelligent, and has a wonderfully quirky sense of humour. It was great to hear about what her musical inspirations are, her love for her family and children, the month spent with the legend Leonard Cohen, and also the guinea pigs. Gorgeous woman, beautiful voice of the smoothest textures, classy and amazing lady :)
After the show, I also got the chance to take a photo with her and ask her what her album “The Moon Looked On” was about - it was left out due to time restrictions. It was surreal to have her tell me it was about the transition of being single to being married. I thought of “Between the Tea and The Toast” and “I am Not Allowed” and it made sense.
Although it was just an hour, it was the making of one of the most awesome days of 2012.
Here it is, as promised, the first New Music Monday.
So I’ve no idea who’s actually reading these, but I love finding new music, and even more, I love sharing it. So here we go.
Week one is still a fairly recent release, only having come out last month.
Clare Bowditch’s new album ‘The Winter I chose Happiness’, coming to you this week because I’m seeing her live on Friday, so this album is getting extra love this week!
I’ll admit, while I do love her music, I was a little sceptical when I first heard the new album would be themed around the pursuit of happiness. This is something which many artists have explored many times before, and which provides ample opportunity for plenty of cheese.
But, having enjoyed the previous releases from this incredibly talented lady, I put my doubts aside and was not disappointed.
As usual, the vocals are just stunning. The musical arrangements complement her voice perfectly and are chosen in a way to be a wonderfully matched accompaniment to the exploration of the theme of happiness.
Though the mood rises and falls, as it will with any album, the intermittent grabs of an older, jazzy sound appears periodically keeping the album on a high overall and yes indeed, happy.
Opening with one of the lighter tracks, ‘Let’s Get Happy Together’ and taking listeners on something of a journey through the album as we witness this personal exploration of happiness, one can’t help but smile at the conclusion of the album with ‘Are You Ready Yet?’, something of a celebration of the journey, and almost an invitation for us too to join in the party and make the choice of happiness.
Sometimes an album just matches your own personal life perfectly at the time you first hear it. For me, ‘The Winter I Chose Happiness’ is one such album. ’One Little River’ was the stand out track for me when I first heard the album for this reason. However, it is also a stunning track musically and the gorgeous vocals on this track make me, well, happy.