Today, CLOVES — the project of London-based artist Kaity Dunstan — releases her sophomore album Nightmare On Elmfield Road. Here we see CLOVES put her own experiences with anxiety, depression, and inordinate introspection under a microscope. Each track offers a glimpse into her inner monologue as she spirals within herself and embarks on a mental health journey for the first time. To execute her vision sonically she enlisted the help of Clarence “Coffee” Jr (Dua Lipa) and Detonate (Sia, Diplo) as well as Hudson Mohawke and Jake Portrait from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The result is her most impressive and honest album yet.
Nightmare On Elmfield Road features CLOVES’ latest single, “Nightmare,” which was coined “Hottest Record In The World” on Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac, who said: “It’s such a good song, it’s so rich and your voice in it sounds incredible and the music has this depth to it, I can’t explain it, but It sounds so high quality, it’s brilliant.” It also includes the epic and heartfelt “Manic,” a collaboration with Hudson Mohawke, as well as singles “Dead” and “Sicko.” Throughout the tracks on this album, CLOVES crafts a glitchy, dark and dystopian atmosphere which reflects the emotional landscape she was processing as she created the album. It’s this kind of intense and at times brutal self-examination where we see CLOVES at her most vulnerable but flourishing as a songwriter.
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