Boomkat Product Review:
One of 2017’s most hotly anticipated mixtapes delivers in style, as Clara La San’s bedroom-crafted Good Mourning is finally ready to take pride of place in iTunes folders the world over. Clara writes, sings and produces all her own material - save for some assists from Jam City - and her significant debut is set to catapult her into pop consciousness.
As a member of South Manchester’s Gang Fatale, and with prior convictions for DVA (Pink22) and Mssingno (Fone), as well as soundcloud posts racking up over 200k listens, Clara arrives fully formed into the world with a pitch-perfect, yet sweetly damaged style of R&B emotional punishment whose one-two of razor-sharp, upfront production and frankly confessional lyrics have won her comparisons with everyone from contemporary stars such as Kelela and Tinashe, thru classic ‘90s/‘00s feels from Monica and Aaliyah.
However, all those comparisons stop short of the fact that Clara is the boss of her show, and while her hooks and arrangements are R&B/pop in the purest sense, there’s also a ethereal thizz and lush weightlessness to her sound that beckons comparison with Laurel Halo or 0PN as much as The Dream, thanks to her songs’ achingly careful blend of futurist soul with timeless, romantic appeal.
If we’re playing favourites, the widescreen, dry-iced ‘80s glyder Strangers is right up there with our favourite Sally Shapiro bits, cleanly pointing to influence from US movie OSTs, while the glitching intro and combustible dynamics of opener Rivers leaves us heart-in-mouth, also recalling 0PN in its experimental pop turns-of-phrase, and the rugged combo of Reese bass, frighteningly confident vocals and fierce drill drums in Alright is just lip-bitingly strong and memorable songcraft.
Unless you’re a diehard harsh noise fan or a genuine techno curmudgeon, you’d be daft to not check this one out.