CLEVER GIRLS – ” Constellations “

Posted: January 24, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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The song writing project of Diane Jean, Clever Girls have subsequently expanded into a four-piece band, based out of Burlington, Vermont. Signed to Egghunt Records, the band have recently announced details of their latest album, “Constellations”, the follow-up to their 2018 debut, Luck. With the album due in March, Clever Girls recently shared the first taste of the record, in the shape of new single, “Baby Blue“.

Like much of Constellations, Baby Blue actually predates the release of Luck, much of the album was written years back when front-person Diane first came-out as a gender-nonconforming person. The album tackles all the complex emotions that come with announcing that to the world, and learning to commit to your own happiness. Discussing Baby Blue, Diane has suggested the track has taken on a new meaning during the current pandemic, focusing in on the isolation Diane felt while stuck inside with only their trusty cat Hank for company, “it was exactly the type of experience that the song was born out of in the first place. The feeling of being isolated, and cut off from the world even when it was still turning“. Musically, Baby Blue has a lush, textural quality and the bristling, 1980’s inspired guitar line, and prominent bass sit in perfect contrast to Diane’s light, dextrous vocal delivery.

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Ultimately for all the talk of isolation and loneliness, there’s a sense of euphoria running through the music of Clever Girls, a feeling of coming through the dark time and learning to find delight in the possibility of the light; less a record of feeling alone and more one of learning not to, this is the sound of a songwriter growing into their role and moving their music to a thrilling new place.

When Clever Girls began writing Constellations, it was early in 2018 and they had not yet finished recording what would become their first full length album, Luck. Constellations was primarily an album written between weeks of tour dates, at the height of exhaustion, and amidst self-discovery. Having just come out of the closet as a queer and gender-nonconforming person, one can find the album set in both front-person Diane Jean’s fantasies, as well as the intimate and impressionistic frontier of their every-day personal life. It is an album about a self-corrected second coming of age that was born in the corners of science fiction and projected onto the walls of Jean’s bedroom. Constellations speaks to Jean’s desire for both personal autonomy that they have not yet experienced, but further, the growth often gained in young adulthood that as a closeted queer person, was lost on them.

Songs written by Diane Jean and Clever Girls

Releases March 26th, 2021

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