Indie, electro, soul is a category of sound squarely cornered by Salt Lake City’s duo Oh Be Clever. Vocalist and wordsmith Brittney Shields effortlessly uses Cory Scott Layton’s refreshing rush of instrumentals as a conduit for spinning tales of love, loss and living in the 21st century. The pair, however, haven’t always enjoyed perfect harmony. Prior to Oh, Be Clever the two were members of separate bands which loathed each other to the point of physical violence. Late one night after a show, in the parking lot, a fight broke out between their two bands. Having always admired each other, Shields and Layton left the scene of the fight to create their own music. Later that very night, after disappearing together, the two alerted their previous bands that they were done. Oh Be Clever was born. The goal from the beginning was to create a new sound completely different from their previous efforts. Layton knew that Shields’ voice could roll and run, drop and drip, cascade and plunge like no other in Salt Lake City. Together these two set out to create the perfect sound to spark Oh, Be Clever to life.
Brittany’s Quote about the Song:
“Remember when you were a kid, you’d be terrified at bedtime when the lights went out? You’d pull the blanket tightly over your head to protect yourself from whatever was out there? This song is the adult version of that scenario. When my problems got too real and avoiding them was easier than fixing them, I’d pull the figurative blanket over my head so I could pretend they didn’t exist. This song is learning you can’t avoid the ghost in your closet or the boogie man under your bed. You have to be friends with your demons and destroy what’s killing you.”
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