Amber Renee met Graham Marsh in East Atlanta in 2013. The pair bonded over their shared love for hip hop, Harry Potter and Radiohead, a love which would ultimately evolve into CLAVVS, a fantastical synthpop concept fronted by Amber and produced by Graham, the four-time Grammy winner behind artists like Gnarls Barkley, Kid Cudi, and T.I.
“Leviathan,” the lead-track from halfblood, fuses almost melancholy underwater soundscapes and aggressive, driving drums with Amber’s willful, smokey vocals. Detailing an internal tempest, “Leviathan” grows from only a soft echo into a hard, reverberating maelstrom of hi-hats, horns and dubbed out vocal samples.
If the vibe of halfblood is any indication, the duo is departing from the mainly organic production of their first album Feel It All and delving into a realm of dark, hypnotic soundscapes driven by lush, spacey synths and world-music inspired percussion. Given that half of CLAVVS is Graham Marsh, it makes sense that the duo is navigating more progressive waters. With Amber Renee’s sultry, at times eerie, vocals floating atop the organized chaos.
CLAVVS’ new album halfblood will be revealed episodically until its full release in early 2016.