This Summer I picked up Hear & Now’s album ‘Aurora Baleare’ and shared on social media how important it was to have albums like Claremont 56 placed in the middle of the world of the Left-field world of what we call Balearic music. A lot has been said about Paul Murphy and the label, to have such a solid run of releases throughout the back catalogue and to keep the quality and standards so high it is easy to forget how hard it is finding music that fits a certain sense and aesthetic whilst also keeping to a highly regarded high standard that new and old label followers will hold. It is always a pleasure to be able to be updated that a new release is coming out via the Claremont BandCamp and I have always enjoyed the expectation when hearing release previews to always hear something beautiful, interesting and worth my consideration.
The past few years music from Ferdi, Waxwood, Blair French. Most recently Claremont continue with ‘Ready To Die’ from Bel aka Charlie Bell a fresh Liverpool based singer/songwriter who looks to be facing a future with great success.
‘Ready To Die’ is a pop record first and foremost, sprinkled with tenderness, strings and heartache. The devil is in the catchy feel of the record which seems perfect for this time of year through sound tracking the fading Summer and a time to settle in and take stock. Paul Murphy provides his remix which has delays and electronic moods that put emphasis on the vocals and leave a feeling of distant melancholy (I tried hard to not use that word, but it is!) that demonstrates Claremont 56 at it’s eclectic ability. Again, a record that is beautiful and notable. Big up’s to Claremont 56 once again.
You can now purchase ‘Ready to Die’ on Claremont 56’s BandCamp.