Of the several thousand songs Clare Bowditch has written, only forty-seven have ever been recorded (forty-six of which were recorded on analog tape in the back shed with producer and drummer Martin W Brown).
Twelve of the very best are making their debut on Clare's extraordinary and highly original new album, The Moon Looked On. Already, the critics are outdoing themselves;
* * * * (4 star) Rolling Stone;
Clare Bowditch dreams up one of the albums of the year
* * * * (4 stars) Sunday Herald Sun;
Clare blossoms beautifully by the light of the moon
An extraordinary album by anyone's standards, the Moon Looked On is the follow-up album to Clare winning one of Australia's highest musical honours, the ARIA Award for Best Female 2006.
Clare began performing in Australian pubs when she was sixteen years old.
In 2005, the head of EMI Australia John O'Donnell saw her performing in a small Sydney pub. He went on to offer her an extraordinary licencing deal, the likes of which will never be seen again.
Clare went on to release the ARIA Award winning What Was left, which followed on so beautifully from where Autumn Bone left off. There were still some honest singer/songwriter moments; there was the same not-quite-fathomable instrumentation with an unassuming originality, an incredible narrative sensibility and an uncanny ability to tell stories as achingly personal as they are beautiful and joyous. But somehow the whole game had been lifted up a notch, and the media and public reaction to this showed.
Some of the highlights post-release were two songs included in JJJ's Hottest 100, ‘What Was Left’ being nominated for Best Album of the Year in the inaugural J Award, a European tour with Art of Fighting, supporting Bernard Fanning for his first album launch tour, fantastic A Day on the Green shows with Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins, an amazing experience of playing at the Perry Sand Hills for the Mildura Arts Festival, the Broad Shows way back in December and stack of other great festivals like St Jeromes, Splendour in the Grass, The Great Escape and Womadelaide. During that Time J Walker moved to the country and was replaced by the wonderful Tim Harvey (Hot Little Hands), an old school mate of Clares.
Clare Bowditch has just released her third album “The Moon Looked On”, and it is a triumphant tale of lust, temptation, freedom and fear.