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SOUNDS LIKE: Sweet, soulful folk inviting you in closer before some stomping blues pays a surprise visit to smack you upside the head.
FOR FANS OF: Sarah Blasko, Lucy Rose, Alabama Shakes
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: Melbourne-born Kaity Dunstan honed her craft playing acoustic folk sets in cafes and rock shows at pubs as a teenager alongside her older sister. "Dad was our roadie," she smiles. "He'd drive us around with our gear and book our gigs, it was cool." Before long she started stepping out on her own as Cloves. "The word had a nice ring to it... it was probably the least thought through thing of the whole process, which is funny 'cause I'm stuck with it forever!"
Now based in the UK, where she's been working on her debut album for the past few years with songwriting partner Justin Parker (Lana Del Ray, Bat For Lashes, Ellie Goulding), Dunstan promises an LP that's "a lot blunter" than 2015 EP XIII: "The EP was acoustic and bittersweet, and the chorus of [latest single] 'Better Now' moves in a harsher direction, and there's a lot of new songs that fall into that zone," she explains. "The album has gotten a lot sassier – I'm not giving as much of a fuck anymore!"
SHE SAYS: "As a person I'm very insular. I'm one of these people who puts a wall up against emotions, and writing is the only time I tap into that. If you sat around all day feeling [emotionally tumultuous] you'd be a disaster! Aside from that I'm not a dweller, I just get on with things. Otherwise it'd just be mopey Kaity, wouldn't it? 'She's a fucking nightmare!'" [Laughs]
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Single "Better Now" – soulful folk delivered with a blues uppercut.