Eau Claire has been on a remix roll over the past 2 years, putting new spins on oldies like Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is" and doing official remixes for up-and-coming indie popstars like Cappa and Saint Motel. Her success on those tracks has led to opening slots for big dance acts like Flight Facilities in addition to headlining DJ spots all over North America. Now, she's dropped her debut EP, All The Wonder, with two new, original tracks that are sure to push this rising star even higher in the indie dance world.
Eau Claire had been dropping hints about a release on social media, teasing last week with an announcement that she'd caught the entreprenurial bug and started her own record label, Feed Me Disco, with her All The Wonder EP marking the label's first proper release.
"All The Wonder", the first song on the EP is unique because it's the first time we've heard the DJ/producer's vocals to date. The song follows in the nu-disco style that has become Eau Claire's signature but throws in her sweet, ethereal vocals, singing about someone she's smitten on, with lyrics like, "there's something about you, I just can't hold on to, there's something about you I just can't let go." The chorus features cheery piano chords and a deep synth bassline that boosts the hook and is sure to ignite every dancefloor this song touches. Around the 2:30 mark, Eau Claire embarks into some new territory with a progressive house bridge that builds hard and heavy towards a climactic final chorus that finishes with almost tropical sounding synth riffs that play on the bassline's thumping melody.
The EP's second track, "Room", features the poised Camille Michelle Gray, a singer-songwriter who makes up one half of the Baltimore-based duo NUEX. Here, she lends Eau Claire's indie house some serious soul. It also doesn't hurt that Eau Claire herself throws some brass into the chorus, harmonizing Gray's stunning vocal take with a drowned out sax that really packs a punch just as Gray is singing, "say my name, as if it lives on the tip of your tongue" before belting, "I've got a room full of magic and a room full of hallelujah." It's a provocative line that leaves enough to listeners' imaginations while still maintaining some mystery. And on top of Eau Claire's bouncy, infectious production, it just works. It would not be surprising at all to start hearing this track in some other big-name DJs' sets in the coming days, weeks and months. It is a certified jam and everything a singer-songwriter/ producer collaboration should aspire to be.
Check out Eau Claire when she supports Autograf and Goldroom on select dates of their massive U.S. tour and headlines her own, Feed Me Disco shows in NYC and Washington, D.C. Dates and details are below.
October 1 - Aisle 5 - Atlanta, GA *
October 4 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME *
October 5 - Royale - Boston, MA *
October 6 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA *
October 14 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY ^
October 15 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC ^
* - w/ Autograf & Goldroom