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claire rousay
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Making her debut on the legendary Thrill Jockey Records, with her upcoming LP sentiment, claire rousay is known for challenging conventions in experimental and ambient music forms.

She incorporates textural found sounds, sumptuous drones and candid field recordings into music that celebrates the beauty in life’s banalities. Her music is curatorial and granular in detail, deftly shaped into emotionally affecting pieces. sentiment is a meditation of the poignant emotional terrains of loneliness, nostalgia, sentimentality, guilt, and sex. 

The album’s narrative arc is guided by delicate musical gestures and artistic vulnerability, audaciously synthesising disparate and unexpected influences. rousay crafted the songs in various homes, bedrooms, hotels, and other private places, the feeling of time and energy spent alone radiating from each passage. The album is a collection of heart-rending, incisive pop songs that explore universal feelings with subtlety and remarkable vision.

rousay’s vocals and guitar take centre stage on sentiment. Her intimate, diaristic lyrics contrast with her mechanical-inflected vocal effects, emphasising a powerful desire for connection, a deep yearning and a lingering sense of separation. The spare guitar playing and laconic tempo both drive the songs and exude a sense of resignation.

With support from Finlay Clark.


Finlay Clark is an artist from London. ‘Sicko’ tape was released on AD93 in December 2023, which explored memory and sonic world-building via collage of contemporary-classical composition and song-writing.
07:30 pm
Wed, 29 May 2024

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