Montreal based singer-songwriter, Alicia Clara has got me hooked with her old school lush R&B debut, ‘Closing Time At The Gates” This is a beautiful blissful track that takes the listener into a dreamy atmosphere where they don’t want to leave. Her vocals are so light and sultry but also add such a delicate feel to the overall vibe of the song.
She spoke about the inspiration of the single, “My debut single, Closing Time at the Gates, is about feelings of confusion towards my hometown, about my love/hate relationship with it. I think everyone can relate on some levels – it’s feeling pressure from a group of people regarding our personal choices, yet needing the comfort of returning to them once in a while. It’s feeling inadequate, it’s belonging to no one, nowhere, everywhere. “
She continued, “The inspiration came to me when I was back home for a few weeks and got asked repeatedly by people I didn’t know very well, “When are you moving back here”? As if my final destination had to be my hometown – as if it was “closing time at the gates” soon. Hailing from three continents, to begin with (dad is Swedish-Peruvian and mum is Québécoise), I started questioning my own sense of belonging; was I doing the right thing? Was I betraying anyone? Where should I be? I was frustrated and upset at having to justify my whereabouts, at being seemingly tied down to one root—when I happen to have more than just one. I realized I’d been having this debate with myself—more than with anyone else—all my life, and being reminded of this confusion by others prompted me to write this track.” While this is my own version of the story, I felt the song would make sense to others too. “
The track was produced in collaboration with fellow Montrealer Dylan Konrad Obront, who is one-half of duo Sorry Girls (Arbutus). They defiantly need to collab more and I need a full project of them.
Get the track: https://song.link/us/i/1495867356