CLAVVS Share "Half Moon" Video Via KCRW, 'No Saviors (Extended)' EP Out February 25th

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"CLAVVS’ music feels very human. Their lyrics are passionate and relatable, while the music entrances you."

"New EP No Saviors – which closes with hypnotic mega-hit "Lay Back" – sees CLAVVS inject a new sparsity into their addictive electronica."
- The Line of Best Fit

"As CLAVVS, they've hit on a sleek and suitably mysterious pop sound that straddles spacey trip-hop and ingratiating pop, with notes of psychedelia to keep the mix feeling ever-so-slightly off balance."

"The duo, consisting of Amber Renee & Graham Marsh, deliver a passionate Portishead-esque vocal performance and a lush instrumental production that help drive the evocative lyrics right through your soul. The songs intense instrumental builds carry along a burning resolve that makes this track feel so empowering by the end."
- Earmilk

"CLAVVS mix killer pop hooks with dance/hip-hop rhythms, Renee's sublime vocals, and subtle electronics..."No Saviors" is a song that delivers immediately on impact, drawing you into its singular world."

"Exemplifying a world-aware consciousness as well as an appreciation of world music, the Brooklyn duo construct a vibrant soundscape for listeners to lean into and get lost in.""“Echo”, a new song that finds the two-piece attempting to let go of the past. “Your face is haunting my mind/ And even when I dream/ You find your way into my dreaming life,” Renee sings. Her laments are backed by a swirling production that evokes the feeling of being swept up in a whirlwind of wistfulness."

"On their recent single 'Lay Back,' which hit #1 on Hype Machine last month,CLAVVS showcased a very chill sound evoking the song's namesake phrase. Now, on 'Slow Dive,' CLAVVS are showing off their sonic evolution a little bit more..."
- The 405

CLAVVS have shared their new video and track "Half Moon." The video features two dancers falling in and out of love, like stages of the moon. Using juxtaposing settings of a bright sun-lit abandoned building and an empty neon nightclub, "Half Moon" explores all of love's complexities, it's perpetuity and it's transience.

On the video, Amber describes, “Half Moon” is about the hope of returning to lost love and the cycle of that never-ending dance. In the same way that the moon disappears just to reappear, this song is about that perpetual movement of feeling— joy into pain, loss into love. For the video, we wanted to express that circular pattern through a dance narrative.

I’m bisexual, and since that part of my identity often gets erased, I chose to feature two female dancers as a way to make space for that part of myself. This song and its story also have a strong feminine quality to me, and the dancers, Matilda Sakamoto and Eloise Deluca, captured that feeling with such tenderness and urgency. It’s a story about forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, love is a dance we all do over and over again, whether with our partners or with ourselves."

With the release of the video, CLAVVS also announces an extended version of their acclaimed No Saviors EP. The No Saviors (Extended) EP is set to be released February 25th. With the release of the extended EP comes their new song "Dark Thoughts."

2019 was a formative year for CLAVVS. The Brooklyn-based indie pop duo released their well-received No Saviors EP in March, just after a successful SXSW debut as one of NPR’s Austin100 Artists To Watch. The EP garnered millions of streams across platforms, while the duo played festivals and shows all over North America, including debuts in LA, Toronto, and Denver. Songs from No Saviors landed in shows like Netflix’s hit series You, Locke & Key, and in a Garnier Nutrisse commercial starring Mandy Moore. But perhaps most importantly, 2019 was a year of huge personal growth, clarity, and direction for writer/vocalist Amber Renee and multi-instrumentalist/producer Graham Marsh.

These days, Amber and Graham are looking inward. They’re pushing further into the territory of brighter, slightly more joyful indie pop. This is evidenced in the songs on No Saviors and now on the deluxe edition, out February 25, featuring four new tracks, including single “Half Moon” and its accompanying video (the duo’s first).

“For a long time, I wrote about the past and wanting to change it. I wrote about my fascination with the future. It was like I couldn’t bare to just let things be,” offers Amber. “I’ve done a lot of introspection. Now I’m more present.”

No Saviors (Extended) is about reconciling the past and making the difficult choice to save yourself, even when it’s tempting to expect someone else to do it for you. Songs like “Slow Dive” and “Dark Thoughts” explore the necessity of moving forward, while “Lay Back” and “Half Moon” exist in the overlap between joy and anxiety, nostalgia and hope.

“We wanted to push ourselves to bring some joy to these songs,” Graham explains. “I started playing bongos in our live show, which inspired me to take a much more organic approach to recording and playing in the studio.”

“I feel more joyful. I feel more free in a lot of ways,” says Amber. “For the first time since we started the band, I don’t have to run off to a restaurant job between recording sessions and rehearsals. That feels good. It’s a privilege to be able to focus more of my energy on making songs. I'll never take that for granted.”

“Having that freedom now to work on CLAVVS full-time has really led to the growth of our sound,” Graham adds.

And while the mood of their music may change, one thing remains the same. “We’ve always been interested in making pop music that pushes the envelope,” Amber adds. “And for me, that means writing songs about my shortcomings, about the real things I’ve felt and giving voice to those complexities. But ideally in a really catchy way.”

Tracklisting - No Saviors (Extended)
1. Devils I Know
2. Echo
3. No Saviors
4. Slow Dive
5. Violet Sea
6. Lay Back
7. Keeps
8. Fade
9. Half Moon
10. Dark Thoughts

February 21, 2020 12:23pm ET by Pressparty  

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