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Clairo september18

Glowing and growing: Clairo, Live in London

13 September 2018, 13:30 | Written by Matthew Kent

Claire Cottrill aka Clairo started making music in her bedroom uploading demos to Bandcamp, mixes to Soundcloud and covers to YouTube. Now she's selling out her first European headline show at London's Heaven complete with live band and adoring fans.

Arriving on stage to Estelle’s classic “American Boy”, Cottrill is met with screams up on screams as a klaxon blares and the show begins. Set opener “B.O.M.D” is a highlight from her debut EP diary 001 which was released earlier in the year. The collaboration with Danny L Harle is just one of the tracks which sees Cottrill begin to deviate from her downbeat sad bops.

This is echoed in further collaborative releases again with Danny L Harle on “Blue Angel”, which didn’t make the set list, but “Drown” with Cuco and “Better” with SG Lewis both prove to be stalwarts, the latter making for a massive pre-encore moment. But Clairo is somewhat of an enigma, there seems to be two sides to her music which are not so clear cut on record.

Grabbing her guitar, the mood changes and things are stripped back to basics. In direct contrast to the live band who add some serious lift to tracks like set closers “Pretty Girl” and “4EVER”. We get to see Clairo at her most raw and emotive as she spins through deeper cuts like “Sis”, “Bubblegum” and a cover of Tierra Wack’s “Hungry Hippo”.

New addition “Feel Something”, a track she’s made with Rostam, is a dark, beguiling ballad and just one of many possible directions in which Clairo could push herself and her sound. Whether she’s raising the roof with forward-thinking pop, turning older favourites into jazz-infused slow jams or auditioning to be your next indie darling, Clairo’s live show demonstrates her growth as an artist, which is sure to continue.

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