With One Big Nothing, her debut album, CLOVES demonstrates a musical assurance and maturity far beyond her years; an impressive progression from her acclaimed 2015 EP XIII, which landed her slots at the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals and a track on the soundtrack to the 2016 film Me Before You. But as CLOVES started work on a full-length album—and toured extensively, including a run with Ivor Novello award-winning Michael Kiwanuka—her ambitions were changing, her palette expanding.
Looking at her debut album, the music is bold & ambitious, words you don't see in many new music reviews surfacing these days. It's music harking back to the days of distinct bodies of work with great care for arrangement and identity, but great lack of interest in the general consensus to "formula", a time of great album artists thinking beyond the single culture of the now.... It's music that's not safe, it's all or nothing like putting all your money on black on roulette, and this instance CLOVES is going big with no plans on going home. The record has primarily been written by herself with select key collaborators including Justin Parker (Rihanna, Mikky Ekko, Sia, Lana Del Rey), Starsmith (Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne) and Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Adele, Vampire Weekend, Brandon Flowers).
“Bringing the House Down” was the first song CLOVES wrote that wasn’t a ballad. After the EP being very acoustic, this was a shot of wanting the album to be something else, and figuring out how to translate that.
“Cloves expertly lets her powerful vocals do the muscle work, drawing you in with each word she utters.” - Pigeons & Planes