Clara Mann Releases Debut EP ‘Consolations’: Listen

    Bristol singer-songwriter Clara Mann has released her debut EP, Consolations, via Sad Club Records. Recorded with producer Benjamin Spike-Saunders and mastered by Alice Western, the four-track project feautres the previously released singles ‘Thoughtless’ and ‘I Didn’t Know You Were Leaving Today’ as well as the newly unveiled ‘Station Song’ and ‘Waiting for the Flight’. Take a listen below.

    A classically trained musician, Mann grew up in a small Catholic village in the South of France. “I grew up with classical music all around me, from choral pieces to chamber music,” she explains in a statement. “I teach piano now, and after a lesson once I picked up the Liszt Consolations, which I remember my ma playing when I was little. The music was open on the piano one day over summer, and I just thought it reflected everything I felt about this collection of songs: the act of consoling, the influence of my childhood and the landscapes I grew up in, classical music. It struck me as such a beautiful word- and it’s also what music is, to my mind, meant to do- to console. Writing this EP has been a way of consoling myself through any hard times, and I’d like it to do the same for other people!”

    Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Station Song’, Mann says “it captured a particular moment in my life, a particular atmosphere. It’s a lonely song, about moving to the city and feeling detached from the people around me, about mourning the ease of a distant quiet life, and the uncomplicated relationships that punctuated it.” 

    “Station Song is a three part story-a party, an absence, and a reunion- unfolding as I begin to realise that some things, some relationships, are simply not meant to last forever,” she added. “Reluctantly, I recognise my unwillingness to let them go, and pay respect to the joy they have brought me through the years, in difficult and lonely times.”

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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