Rounding off the year, and setting up a triumphant entrance into 2017, Cloves’ latest release, “Better Now,” sees her take a beautifully haunting step over to the darker side.
Stemming from “feeling misunderstood and claustrophobic in a relationship” – the pros and cons of long term relationships and feeling trapped – “Better Now” is a brutally honest, admirably open display of emotions.
Though Cloves’ vocals remain as hypnotically ethereal as ever, “Better Now” sees them cut open by harsh drums. Pair this with her hair-raising “woos” and “Better Now” becomes the epitome of cool; her deepest emotions transpiring in a ballad with an edge.
Written with Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Bat For Lashes), it’s apparent “Better Now” is what Cloves’ was made to do. While “Don’t Forget About Me” – featured on the ‘Me Before You’ soundtrack – may be lovely, “Better Now” sees her take on an entire new dimension, a level of seemingly effortless talent I didn’t think possible.