Sixteen-year-old emerging pop artist Clara Lars from Brooklyn, New York has released her second single, “Addicted”, co-produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear). This track follows her first release, “Don’t Leave”, featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds Pop playlists.
“Addicted” is a relatable piano-driven pop ballad telling of tainted love, and its accompanying music video is cinematic. The viewer is met by a close up of a vintage car containing a frustrated young couple. Aesthetic shots lead to a scene during a beach sunset, and the video also utilizes metaphors like recurring yellow flowers Lars picks apart. She looks ethereally beautiful and sings right from the heart, where her worlds also come from: “addicted, twisted, caught up, please fix this”.
At age nine, after experimenting with a number of instruments, Lars fell in love with the piano. Soon afterwards, she began writing her own songs, keeping a journal of her lyrics. At age ten, pouring her heart out by songwriting over the piano was where she found herself often as she struggled to find her footing in a new city after her family made a cross-country move to Los Angeles.
In 2020, unable to record in studios due to the pandemic, Clara set up a studio in the basement of her home and learned how to use Ableton software in order to produce her own music. It was during this time that she wrote the songs on her first EP, Illusions. In 2021, she began collaborating with producer Chris Coady to enhance the dreamy soundscape of these songs.
“For Clara, the process of writing is both confessional and observational, with lyrics that resonate well beyond her 16 years.”
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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