The Start of War, hey? The first taste from a new album is meant to set the tone of what’s to follow, and that’s exactly what Clare Bowditch
’s new song The Start of War
achieves, in a very dramatic way.
In late 2008 Clare slayed a European tour with fellow Aussie and ARIA winner, Goyte, and then set up shop in that greatest of artistic cities, Berlin. After a chance encounter, Clare happened to rent the apartment of producer Mocky, most famous for his work on Feist's The Reminder
album (as well as working with Peaches, Jamie Lidell, Gonzales, and a host of others). By day she wrote songs on Mocky’s piano (with Feist’s triple-platinum album award sitting above her) and by night, she and her Casio performed in hidden underground bars in the lost parts of Berlin, refining her sound for the morning to come.
Not surprisingly, what Clare produced during this time is a courageous and exciting contrast to what has gone before.
The Start of War is a fascinating and addictive reflection on the ills of our human minds, recorded with long-time co-conspirator Marty Brown and the great, GREAT, Mick Harvey (ex-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). With an honest, stripped-back arrangement, most of the song’s tension is drawn from the panoramic overlaying of backing vocals. One Bowditch just isn’t enough!
Clare’s forthcoming album is still being recorded with Melbourne’s cut and paste maestro, Qua. Then after yet another European tour, Clare will be recreating David Bowies' amazing vocal sound from “Heroes” in Berlin's famous Hansa Studios, with Mocky at the helm.
To celebrate the September release of the single “The Start of War” at her new home Island Records Australia, Clare and her newly expanded entourage (you won’t believe it ‘till you see it!) will do a limited run of shows in unusual and often intimate venues, giving audiences a taste of what Berlin (and a Casio) have inspired.Click here for all The Start of War tour dates.