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Hot Gem boss Clair Crawford only started making music in 2019, but her debut "Earth Mothers" is a quiet revelation, combining new age minimalism with mbira improvisation and luscious cinematic soundscaping.
The Glasgow-based producer began to take music seriously last year to cope with the lockdown, and penned "Earth Mothers" as a result. The album is billed as coming from "a place of healing through nature" and she combines electronic elements, environmental sounds and instrumental oddness to land on a particularly inventive collage of sound.
A times it sounds like an RPG soundtrack playing in the background while unseen elements rattle wildly (apparently these random elements are jewelry tools, a sewing machine, sex toys and a blow torch). The closest comparison might be Japanese environmental music (think Hiroshi Yoshimura) or the DIY new age tapes that cropped up back in the 1970s and '80s in North America. But there's a looser, more playful side to Clair's sound.
It comes from, according to her, a life of total immersion in music - from metal to rave - so her idea of healing thru sound is not only focused, but completely untethered to any stuffy ideas of taste, purity or hierarchy. "Earth Mothers" is really quite touching.