7th March sees the second release by Canned Records very own Claire Nicolson. The single is called You & I and it is a collaboration with LA based act Yellowhammer.
You & I was written and recorded by Claire’s brother, ex Primal Scream producer Hugo Nicolson, for his new LA based project Yellowhammer. This single is different in style compared to debut effort Toothpaste & Whisky. You & I is a pop song which is both soothing and mellowing as well. The song is very gentle as well. When listening to this song you picture a warm summers day with a nice cool breeze. I’m extremely intrigued to hear debut album 52 Card Pick Up when it is released in the summer as the material I have heard has been tremendous.
Laying down the vocal for this song wasn’t quite the whimsical experience conveyed so atmospherically on song. “It was nothing glamorous as recording it in LA”. “I remember recording the vocal straight to Hugo’s laptop in his flat in London”.
The second track on the single is live favourite Quiet Company. This love song is played acoustically and there is a country twang to it. In December Claire began her Sing For Her Supper Tour across South West England, in which she pitches up at pubs offering a song or two in exchange for a hot meal. As with her jaunt around Ireland earlier on in 2010, her efforts resulted in an onslaught of regional press attention which also included an interview on the BBC.
All in all You & I is a fantastic single which I completely adore. The title track may have a different feel compared to to Toothpaste & Whisky but Claire pulls it off perfectly. The song is mellow, soft and soothing which are all positive points. The second track Quiet Company sounds amazing too and I for one am looking forward to the debut album.
Whilst the tour is over Claire is playing at Catch in London on 10th February.
You & I is released on Canned Records (07/03/11)
Debut album 52 Card Pick Up is due to be released Summer 2011
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