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Clara Hill Clara Hill's Folkwaves: Sideways

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: Sonar Kollektiv
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

The latest effort by Berlin-based Clara Hill attempts to show a different side of her laid back, soulful repertoire: acoustic, folk-based orchestral sounds. While it does not diverge much from her usual blend of R&B-inspired tracks, there is plenty to dive into and discover. Her long-standing relationship with Jazzanova is stamped all over these 10 songs, for better and worse: The scratchy textures and crisp guitar on “Sad Girl” is a great modern throwback, while the lilting orchestra of “Everything” is simply too grandiose and presumptive to make an impact. Fortunately her voice is diverse and interesting enough to create a consistent and refreshing vibe to her new experiment in future folk.

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