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NEW NOISE: MILO CLARE

The newcomer blurs the lines between indie-pop and grunge for his enthralling single “Electric Connect”.

Milo Clare
Milo Clare

While the weekend might be upon us, some of us are looking for a more gentle way to ease ourselves into the two-day break and Milo Clare is providing with his smooth-sailing single “Electric Connect” – propelling us into a retro-tinged soundscape filled with hazy melodies and echoing vocals. Blurring the lines between 90s grunge and contemporary indie-pop, the rising artist sails over the heady production before landing at the enthralling guitar solo climax.

“I think music is only ever as good as the room it’s played in,” the artist teases. “That feeling when you hear the right song, at the right time in your life, is one of the main things that attracted me to music. If anything I wrote was part of that feeling for someone else, I’d be pretty happy. 

Dropping his debut EP this year, the artist teases that it will sonically represent a wide span of influences and tap into everything from funk-rock to “the occasional croon”. Catching up with us digitally, the artist breaks down his creative process and the pending project.

Check out the interview below…

Hey Milo, how are you? What have you been up to?
Today I woke up happy! I feel like I’m in an exciting phase of life, with my EP being released and the world opening up. Lately, I’ve been writing lots, napping and hanging with the crew – shout out to the new hound Pablo, the latest addition!

How would you sum up your 2021?
I may be in danger of having grown as a person last year! 2021 felt like an inflexion point in the best way, and it’s also been a tremendous pleasure to see the people I care about growing in step.

The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, do you think it has affected you creatively?
As with everyone, the pandemic forced me to spend a lot more time in my own company than I’m used to. Now I’ve started to travel and collaborate again, the fact I have become accustomed to working exclusively in the nude has definitely presented some challenges. In earnest, I hope this period of time has fostered a new introspection and thoughtfulness in my creative process.

How did you first get into music, what sparked the interest?
I couldn’t put a timestamp on the very beginning – it feels like music has always been a pivotal part of my life. I have vivid childhood memories of sitting outside the house in the car with my mum, engrossed in a song I needed to hear until the end. This passion has been a constant in my life.

You’re from North London, do you think your area impacted your sound in any way?
North London is in my DNA! There is no doubt my environment has bled into my music subconsciously and I find it a calm an inspiring place to be. Now you mention it, I don’t think there’s enough postcode rivalry outside of grime and drill music. So I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big fuck you to anyone writing slow jams out of East, South and West. Bunch of posers. North side for life baby! Disclaimer – I really am a lover not a fighter and I don’t want any of that smoke!

Making your debut this year, do you feel any pressure at all?
Nothing worthwhile is devoid of pressure. Putting yourself out there and exposing your creativity to the world can be nerve-wracking at times, but it’s also massively exciting and meaningful. I’m taking each day as it comes. Ok that sounded a bit guru-ish but hey… namaste!

“Electric Connect” is an absolutely incredible track, what was your creative process?
Appreciate the kind words! The process was incredibly fun and instinctual. Visited LA for a writing trip, conveniently escaping some heartache in London, and made this record the day after touching down with Isom Innis. I distinctly remember feeling turned on by life and overcome by the sun-soaked environment. Isom is a brilliant human and has now become a dear friend and treasured collaborator. I hope some of the enjoyment we had in writing the track comes through.

What do you want people to take away from your sound?
I think music is only ever as good as the room it’s played in. That feeling when you hear the right song, at the right time in your life, is one of the main things that attracted me to music. If anything I wrote was part of that feeling for someone else, I’d be pretty happy.

What can we expect from your debut E.P?
Sonically it represents the wide span of influences that have always guided me musically. Expect funk rock , playful lyrics and the occasional croon! I hope it toes the line between throw back and throw forward.

What are you most excited for in 2022?
The horse is out the gate, blinders are on, EP 2 incoming!

NEW NOISE: MILO CLARE

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