One of the most beautiful and compelling albums that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to lately comes from CLementine, a Montreal-based band composed of Nathan Daniels (vocals, guitar) and Chloe Buchskins (drums, samples, atmosphere). CLementine’s latest album, Kimberly ’93, mixes stripped-down, acoustic folk-rock with experimental soundscapes and nostalgic storytelling of love and loss.
It could be argued that folk songs about heartbreak and love aren’t exactly a unique idea, but it’s the way the tracks come together on this album that make them stand out from the rest. The band themselves stated it best by describing Kimberly ’93 as such:“This record is about love and love lost told through the eyes of a young girl (Kimberly) from Utah. Her story is delivered in three ways; the record itself: 7 songs running at 51 minutes chock-full of layered samples and a thick atmosphere throughout. The track list is hidden in a short story to give further description and a short film projected live to visually support her tale.”
The songwriting on the album is top-notch, which allows you to become completely immersed in the stories being conveyed, and the vocals, while a bit rough around the edges, have a lot of raw emotion behind them, which definitely works in their favor. This is the type of album that you want to listen to when you can just sit back with a good pair of headphones and allow yourself to get lost in the music. Or perhaps while driving alone late at night. Either way, it is an album made for quiet times of introspection. I am really looking forward to hearing more of what Daniels and Butchskins have in store for us in the future.
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Author: Sara Torvik