Clare Means | White Bamboo

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White Bamboo

by Clare Means

A lyrically compelling debut album with great melodies and hauntingly beautiful vocals from an up and coming artist. Clare Means was named one of the best unsigned artists by UCLA Radio and was a semi-finalist in NPR's Prairie Home Companion song contest.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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2. Everybody's Room But Mine
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3. Snow Angels
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4. Haunt You
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5. White Bamboo
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6. Notions of Love
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7. Angels of the Freeway
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8. Chloe
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10. Guitars and Chocolates
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Clare Means is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter. She has recently released her first LP "White Bamboo". She has already independently sold thousands of this album while performing at shows, on the Santa Monica promenade and Universal City Walk. Now it is is finally available here on CDBaby.

The title track from this album was placed on UCLA Radio's "Best Unsigned Artists of 2007 Compilation". Another song from the album, "Everybody's Room But Mine," was a finalist in the lyric contest for the January/February issue of "American Songwriter Magazine" and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. Another song from the album, "Chloe", was recently placed in a short film, "TBD", directed by Ray Chang. This film was screened at both the Los Angeles Short Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. You can also hear her song "Angels of the Freeway" on the recently released short film "Not on the 1st Date", directed and written by Carlos Dorsey.

Clare Means is a singer/songwriter also known for her great live performances. She has played at many different venues in Los Angeles and New York including the Hotel Cafe, the Viper Room, CBGB's, Tangier, the Cat Club, Highland Grounds, and many others. She also plays weekly at Universal City Walk and the Santa Monica Promenade and she has monthly residency at the prestigious "Room 5". You can check out her latest news and tour dates and hear samples of her music at www.claremeans.com .


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Jeff Lisciandrello

Sounds Effortlessly Beautiful
Clare has an amazing knack to craft lyrics and melodies that float airily atop her graceful and unpretentious guitar work. I enoyed hearing her live when I was in LA and was extremely excited when her CD finally came out. Definitely worth checking out!

inasimplerhyme

An Acoustic Angel
I'm a regular at a sushi restaurant at Universal Citywalk. I like to read a good book while I'm waiting for my food and to people watch while eating. There are often musicians playing nearby. I usually try to ignore it. While I applaud and encourage anyone to pursue their passion in music, I have no interest in Kenny G-like saxophone solos and schmaltzy piano ballads. (Sorry guys. Really, I am.)

So one day I sit down to eat and see a young woman nearby with an acoustic guitar whom I had never seen before. "Great!", I joyfully thought, "Her music will be easy to block out while I read!" But try as I might, I just couldn't ignore her. Her songs were just too good. And that voice....

It's getting harder and harder for me to find newer artists I like, but after 3 or 4 songs, I realized that whatever she's trying to say with her music, I got it. And you have no idea what a warm and wonderful feeling that discovery is. I bought her CD, White Bamboo, from her that day and it's been in a pretty constant rotation since then. It's a mostly quiet, acoustic album, delivered in a sort of musical whisper, with smart, sometimes biting vocals. I think one of my favorite opening songs lyrics is from Notions of Love: "I'll probably never tell you this: I've lied with every kiss."

Everyone has at one time felt so hurt that their heart feels like it weighs a hundred pounds or that Love is a concept meant for somebody else, but hearing Clare sing about it somehow makes it okay. White Bamboo is a gorgeous collection of reflective, angry, melancholy, sweet and touching songs that will bring a smile to your face even if just behind that smile there may lurk memories of sad times. That's her gift. She can turn moments of sadness into something beautiful.

Beth

Beautiful Voice
I first heard Clare at City Walk one night...I made the comment (before I saw her) that "This is the kind of music more venues should play...who is this?" My teenage son said "It's that girl over there!" The sound was so pure...I thought it was being pumped through a speaker system! I of course bought her White Bamboo CD and LOVE IT! There is something hauntingly beautiful about her voice...and it sticks with you. Now...I'm just waiting for more!

Amanda Shaffer

Watch this one!
I live in LA. Practically everyone I know is trying to "make it." So I go hear my friends play their music and act in their plays, and no offense to my friends, but it's rare that I come away thinking, wow, s/he’s really got it.

So when I ran into an old college friend singing at City Walk, I thought, sure, I'll buy a CD, support the cause…she sounds pretty good.

Little did I know, that Clare Means first album, White Bamboo, would quickly become one of my most regularly-listened to CDs. Before I knew it, Notions of Love was my MySpace profile song. I found myself humming Haunt You. I confidently took a friend to see her play live, knowing he would like her Suzanne Vega–esque music as much as I do. He did.

Check out White Bamboo. If you are lucky enough to live locally, go see her play live. You won’t be disappointed!

WiP

überzeugend
Sehr ausgeglichenes, stimmungsvolles, professionell produziertes Album. Mit wehmütiger, leicht verrauchter Stimme singt Clare Means über (verlorene) Kindheit und kaputte Beziehungen. In jedem Lied lassen sich eingehende Melodien finden. Für mich das (bisher) beste Debüt des Jahres.

Kerri

Genuine Art
Lyrics that resonate with real life and a voice that is hauntingly comforting. This album is genuine art.

dankitti

she's gonna haunt you.
White Bamboo is a gorgeous album of lovely songs and Clare Means is an amazing singer-songwriter with a hauntingly beautiful singing voice. Laid-back, gentle, sweet songs. Awesome guitar skillz too! Favorites: New York Nights, Asbury Park, Everybody's Room But Mine.

awesomeness.

John C.

Truly talented musician, and a great album
This album has been in my cd player and itunes for months and never gets old. What an incredibly talented artist, musician, and storyteller! These songs are soothing, innocent, touching, and above all relatable. The lyrics and melodies are also exceptionally colorful and thought provoking. What an accomplishment to incorporate so much imagery in a song! This album and Clare's most recent "War for Love" are highly recommended.

John C.

Beautiful Album
I really loved this album! I purchased it after hearing Clare play in Santa Monica and every track takes me right back to listening in person. What an amazingly talented singer and songwriter!