Thu 16 Sep 2021

Clairo ‘s Collaborations

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Clairo has long been praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom.

Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). Earlier this year, Clairo released her sophomore full-length Sling to critical acclaim. Co-produced with Grammy Award winning producer Jack Antonoff, ‘Sling’ was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York.

The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Lorde – ‘Solar Power’, ‘Blouse’ and ‘Reaper’

These two pop queens have been working hard together over the past 12 months, collaborating on a handful of songs and lending each other their songwriting talents. Clairo has a songwriting credit on Lorde’s ‘Solar Power, where she also provided backing vocals. Meanwhile, Lorde helped Clairo write the lead single from her latest album Sling, as well as album track ‘Reaper’, also providing backing vocals on the songs.

Wallows – Are You Bored Yet?

The opening few seconds may sound like The Farm’s ‘Altogether Now’, but the chirpy synths that quickly takeover diminishes these thoughts. Lead-singer Dylan Minette (13 Reasons Why) and Clairo’s voice compliment each other perfectly, the duo harmonising intermittently throughout. The lyrics are direct and catchy. This one will get stuck in your head.

Mura Masa – I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again

Mura Masa’s 2020 album, R.Y.C, featured plenty of collaborations, however it’s this bold and brazen number with Clairo that stood out from the album. A subtle intro lulls you into a false sense of security, before heavy basslines and a loud, distorted vocals changes the mood instantly. This is probably Clairo’s most anthemic song, and one she ended her 2019 live shows with.

SG Lewis – ‘Better’, ‘Throwaway’

If you’ve ever wanted to hear what Clairo would sound like atop of a disco-infused beat, check out ‘Better’, a collaboration with producer SG Lewis.

In contrast, ‘Throwaway’ is more electronic in its influence, with a hip hop backing beat throughout. It’s slower in tempo and Clairo’s lyrics and vocal add an emotive angle that gets missed on ‘Better’.

Cuco – Drown

‘Drown’ is full of funky, wobbling sounds and sci-fi synths which wouldn’t be out of place on a Tame Impala track. Clairo’s soft vocal adds to a near-hypnotic soundscape, with Cuco’s more striking voice providing contrast throughout. This duo sound like they’ve been singing together all their lives.

Rejjie Snow – ‘Hello?’

Are you into me? / Like I’m into you’ Clairo sings at the start of ‘Hello?’ following the sound of phone keys being pressed. Rejjie Snow’s rapping adds a different dimension to the song, and the two sound as if they’ve done this is one take, such is the chemistry.

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