Australian singer-songwriter Cleopold's debut EP is a totally natural fit for Chet Faker's label Detail Co. Like Faker, Cleopold has a kind of off-kilter way with classic pop and R&B tropes, attaching an airy vocal and pretty hook to dark themes. Over the spiralling, glimmering beat of his debut single "Down In Flames," he wallows in the frustration of unrequited love, with the hopeful chorus unravelling on the line: it's never gonna be mutual. Despite how easy it is sing joyfully along to, it's a close-to-the-bone listen that clearly hurt to write. "Every time I sing this song, it takes me back to how I felt when I wrote it," Cleopold told The FADER over email. "There’s something cathartic about that. Finishing this tune gave me some closure; the message is honest."
June 30, 2015
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