REVIEWS

"Raw, vivid, orchestral, and emotional, Strauch's Persephone is a look back on the hints of light and darkness that, together, make up what it means to be human...a full-bodied collection of gorgeous, meditative arrangements that take us on a slice of life's overall journey, painting moments of heartache that inevitably give way an enlivened, heartened place by our adventure's end. "

- PopMatters

"Strauch brings her diverse background to life through dreamily creative songs full of emotion and story."

- Atwood Magazine

"Gillade du First Aid Kit är det definitivt något att hålla utkik efter. Jag hoppas innerligt att marknaden inte blev mättad."

- Gaffa

"Hon har med sina melodier och skildringar av verkligheten tagit en helt egen plats på den svenska musikscenen."

- Popmani

"Strauch rör sig i ett musikaliskt landskap som förenar drömsk pianopop med klassiskt och folkmusik. Bedårande vackert."

- HYMN

"Clara Strauch må vara albumdebutant, men hennes känslostarka och vackra musik känns redan väldigt "färdig" och självklar. Tänk Regina Spektors finaste pianoballader korsat med Anna Ternheims nedtonade urstyrka."

- Damernas Värld 

"We are touched by the beauty that exudes from the way she lets each verse take shape and form, and then we fall to our knees as they unite with the melody, creating a soundscape that is without a doubt something unique, special and that everyone should listen to. Clara, you’ve taken the uncertainty of life and you gave it something completely relatable in a duality that is hypnotizing."

- Wolf In A Suit

"Clara Strauch är ett riktigt fynd. Som trotjänarinnan Elsbeth är hon snobbigare än överheten, som Florries syster Viveka skissar hon bilden av en skör, olycklig människa." 
- Västmanlands Läns Tidning

 

"Beautifully absorbing lyrics and stunning musicianship, Persephone is a mature album full of introspection. While there is a heaviness to this album, that weight is counterbalanced with a good amount of whimsey, perseverance, and thoughtful compassion. Beautiful evennesses that will be familiar to fans of Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, and The Swell Season.​"

- Global Texan Chronicles

"A lot of raw energy that is deeply satisfying. Some of the atmospheric elements even put me in mind of early Fleet Foxes. This captivating style is truly unique."

- Ear To The Ground Music

"Innovative piano melodies, impressive vocals, unique atmosphere!"

- Le Future Wave

"Folky, yet ambient. Buoyant, yet melancholic. The first gorgeous organic soundscape of her soon to drop album Persephone is truly mesmerizing!"

- The Dutch Guy

 

"Clara is an artist. A true professional who handles her voice to perfection and takes us to high emotional levels. A musical gem that we could not pass."

- Music For Your Heart

"If we’re going to get back to ways in which this performance excels, and we are, I’d like to talk about the music. The soundscaping here, composed by Clara Strauch, is gorgeous. Everything from accordions, to guitars, to thunder-sheets, create a folky, ambient, occasionally trance-like soundtrack...creating a wistful, buoyant, yet melancholic tone that tugged on my heart’s manifold strings."

- On Stage

"This beautiful orchestral pop ballad seems especially relevant today... Beautiful, dreamy stuff."

- American Pancake

""Weeds" is calm folk with a beautiful orchestration led by a dreamy voice!"

- Sounds European

""Islands" is an enchanting track with hopeful darkness and swirling melodies."

- Amuse: Today's staff pick

 "The story is touching and the music - especially Strauch's vocals - very moving."

- The Post Star

 "...varmt ögonglittrande Marie (Clara Strauch.)"

- Dagens Nyheter: Ångande het Shakespeare light

"Strauch vill beröra och lyckas med det. I textrader om att falla hårt, våga släppa taget om falsk trygghet, söka sig mot mörkret för att, verkligen, kunna bli sin egen."

- Kulturöjn

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INTERVIEWS & MORE

AXS: "Song Premiere: 'Tempest' by Clara Strauch'"
Dagens Nyheter: "Veckans bästa låtar"
Horisont Magasin: "Clara Strauch"
Gotlands Allehanda: "Debutalbum signerat Clara Strauch"
Kulturöjn: "Scenens Magiska Dragningskraft - Intervju med Clara Strauch"
Resemagasinet Buss: "Clara Strauch - Jag är besatt"
Popmani: "Premiär: Clara Strauch - Weeds"
Popmani: "Fem Album Med"
Popmani: "Mitt Musikminne"
Popmani Highlights
Hela Gotland: Claras episka musikal hittar hem till Gotland
Hela Gotland: Folkmusikal från USA till Sverige
Global Texan Chronicles: "Clara Strauch on the impact of Nirvana's "Nevermind""
Gotlands Allehanda: "Clara återvänder till lugnet för musiken"
The Wonderful World of Dance: "Music video: a dreamlike, vulnerable dance in the desert"
Berkshire Eagle: "Wayward Home reimagines classic Bible, folk tales"
Berkshire On Stage: "Wayward Home Coming to Area Stages"
Valley Advocate: "Women take the reins"
Brattleboro Reformer: "Wayward Home brings music to Main Street Arts"
More Theatre Talk: "Wayward Home 2018"
Eagle Times: "Wayward Home is a musical folktale"
Hela Gotland: "Gotlänningen som kan vinna pris i New York"
Gotland Just Nu: "Clara är en nomad med driv"
NYITAwards: "The team behind The Tempest"
Times Union: "Distance did not stop duo behind musical"
Radio P4 Gotland: "Clara Strauch skriver musikal som sätts upp i New York"
Rhonda Triller, The Post Star: "World Premiere of Wayward Home"
Radio P4: "Gotlänning laddar för musikalpremiär"
More Theatre Talk Radio: "Wayward Home"
Radio P4: "Skivan heter Doda"
Gotlands Allehanda: "King Kong bjuder på tolkningar av två stora stjärnor"
©  Clara Strauch, 2019. All rights reserved.
Background photos by Olof Grind at Västmanlands Teater.