CLIFTON 2.5 – has unveiled “Outskirts of Nowhere”, the second single and title-track of her debut EP due 14 April via Leafy Outlook.
A lush slice of opulent and airy alt-pop, “Outskirts of Nowhere” sees Clifton 2.5 find a shimmering synergy between gentle acoustic melodies and fluttering electronics, served with a side of crystal-clear vocals and an ethereal sense of optimism.
Standing as the first song she ever recorded, it is also one influenced by the evocative settings depicted in Delia Owens’ celebrated coming-of-age novel ‘Where The Crawdads Sing’. As Clifton 2.5 explains:
“”Outskirts of Nowhere” was written after I finished reading the book ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ as I was inspired by the landscapes painted in the book, especially the marshes and the imagery of a lonely, heartbroken girl who had been left behind. The song just landed in my head in about 20 minutes and I knew it would be the first song I recorded.”
“Outskirts of Nowhere” follows Clifton 2.5’s glimmering recent release “Under Attack” and arrives as the title-track of her forthcoming debut EP.
Spanning a wide range of both genre and influence, the ‘Outskirts of Nowhere’ EP includes Clifton 2.5’s two recent singles alongside “Crossed Lines”, a song about “how it feels to let love go” that was recorded using a half-broken electric organ found in the studio, and “Are you singing to me?”, a retro-tinted cut about “standing in the audience watching someone sing and believ[ing] that their message is meant for you alone”.
Set to land on 14 April via Leafy Outlook, the four-track release was produced by Ross Dorkin (Beatenberg).
London-based singer-songwriter, saxophonist and guitarist Clifton 2.5 only started pulling together her solo project in 2021, but songs have been pervading her thoughts since she was a child. A self-professed nerd, she spent her formative years singing choral music and translating A.A Milne into Ancient Greek, before later releasing that pop music could be cool too.
With a musical language that spans ‘70s soul, rock, R&B, folk and pop, Clifton 2.5 refuses to be tightly labelled. Her vocal style has been moulded by years of singing in choirs, with inflections reminiscent of The Cranberries and Joni Mitchell set against a modern backdrop.
Clifton 2.5 also quotes Tierra Whack, HAIM, Beatenberg, Phoebe Bridgers and Ethan Gruska as major influences, taking particular inspiration from how these artists combine acoustic and electronic sounds to create an unidentifiable magic.
With the ‘Outskirts of Nowhere’ EP ready for release this April, the singer-songwriter is also gearing up to announce live shows soon.