Clare Maguire Talks "Ain't Nobody"
Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:22:27
The United Kingdom has traditionally given birth to all kinds of mystically majestic music. Whether it's the psychedelic bombast of Led Zeppelin or the gorgeous hum of Kate Bush, UK acts always possess an otherworldly ere.
Clare Maguire proudly upholds that tradition. On her debut single, "Ain't Nobody," she evokes everyone from Stevie Nicks to Annie Lennox with an unbreakable, unique croon. Maguire also infuses just the right hint of lyrical mystery, making for the ultimate modern pop trip.
However, Maguire can't wait to make her debut across the pond. She exclaims, "I can't describe how excited I am to come over there! From music to fashion, so many of my influences have come from America."
Clare Maguire will drop her official debut Light After Dark in 2011, but "Ain't Nobody" is the perfect taste of what's to come.
Clare Maguire sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about "Ain't Nobody," her forthcoming debut, John Wayne and so much more…
"Ain't Nobody" has a massive pop hook, but there's an ethereal quality to it as well.
It's a very mysterious and passionate song; it's the most ethereal on the album. To be honest, all of the other songs are a lot more straightforward lyrically. This one is definitely a bit otherworldly.
What's the story behind "Ain't Nobody?"
It's really about passion and a deep yearning for somebody. I didn't want it to be too straightforward. I wanted it to have that open, desert-y feeling, which is why I incorporated guitar. It's an epic love song.
Did you have a hand in the music video?
Definitely, I said what I wanted, and a few different directors brought me back their ideas. Sam did exactly what I was thinking though. We had this discussion about it and then went from there. It was great because he captured precisely what I wanted for that song. I want my music videos to really capture the songs.
Is "Ain't Nobody" indicative of the rest of the album?
It is, in terms of the fact that I made sure all of the tracks had real live instruments as well as computer-generated sounds. It's as epic as the other tracks are, but a lot of the others have rising choruses. "Ain't Nobody" is really straight down the line; it's more about the lyrics than the melody.
Where does your visual sensibility come from? Do you read often or watch a lot of movies?
I do watch a lot of movies and read. I'm really obsessed with visuals. When I write, I think of it like a film. My favorite music is quite visual. That's where I come from lyrically. The other tracks on the album are more about emotion, feeling, a story and something that's real and day-to-day. "Ain't Nobody" has the most mysterious lyrics on the record.
If you were to compare Light After Dark to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Well, each song is really like a different film. "Ain't Nobody" is a bit like a John Wayne film. It's got that desert, Southern feel. There are other songs that catch a light-hearted essence though. I wanted each song to have a different emotion. I wanted people to feel each song in different parts of their body. One might really hit your heart, while one might hit your feet so you dance. Then another might be for your head, so you're thinking about it.
Which records shaped you?
I really like Irish folk music because my family are Irish. That's what they would listen to. At the age of 13, I started working. I used to go out all the time and spend my money on albums. I really got into Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Howlin' Wolf. Then I loved Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Dolly Parton and I loved Marilyn Monroe. I really liked her voice! I've got really eclectic musical tastes.
Your songs definitely display that diversity.
It is quite deep. I want each one to be really emotional. I think about the live when I write, and I want people to have extreme reactions to this whether it's actually love or hate. I want people to actually feel something from the songs.
What's next for you?
I've got to do the music video for "The Last Dance." I always write. I'm going to keep working on the art and making sure it's as incredible and individual as I can make it. I wrote "The Last Dance" just after Michael Jackson passed away. I was really angry with the hate people were spreading about him on the internet. I thought it was really wrong because he spread so much happiness with his music. Two days later, I went in the studio, sat at the piano and wrote the song in about 15 minutes. I withdrew my anger and sadness from that. Then, there were other things in my life happening at the time that came into the song. It's one of my favorites.
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