Australian songstress Cloves has returned after a nearly-year-silence. Listen to her new single “Better Now” which announces her debut album out in 2017.
The track was written in February of this year, over the course of a single day in London alongside her long-term writing collaborator Justin Parker (Banks, Bat For Lashes etc.) Fresh from returning home to Melbourne she created the song, which is about “feeling misunderstood and claustrophobic in a relationship.”
Cloves has said about this song: I swear that I’m better now is written almost sarcastically, to move the conversation on. I had given up trying to talk about how I was feeling and instead started distancing myself. The lyrics touch on the internal conflict I was having about weighing up if a long term relationship was still working, the back and forth between obligation to someone and the desire to be alone.
Previous listeners of Cloves debut EP XIII will find familiarity in the honesty found in her lyrics, that help her standout alongside her lofty, forever gripping vocals that are supported by a melody that mesmerises. This song, with its introduction of rumbustious drums and soaring “woo’s” hint towards a whole new side of her music, which along with much of her upcoming debut album tracks yet to be revealed, draws upon her influences that include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Mazzy Star and Nina Simone.