CLAVVS is a duo of accidental best friends. Amber Renee and Graham Marsh might never have met if not for a last minute text invitation to a stranger’s house party. Conversations were shared. Jokes were made. Tunes were played. Soon they were writing the songs that would become their first releases.
CLAVVS' music merges Graham's obsession with world music sounds and hip hop drums with Amber's imaginative lyrics and off-kilter pop melodies. The result is familiar but otherworldly, a distinctive sound that EARMILK describes as “dark and hypnotic,” while The 405 calls CLAVVS "indie hitmakers."
There's something hopeful and human in their music too, which is evidenced in the genuine nature of their live show. It’s easy to see why they’ve shared a stage with fellow indie acts like Ibeyi and Rhye. Amber and Graham are energetic and emotive, unafraid to move to their own rhythms.
Perhaps that would make sense, given that Amber grew up performing in musical theater and singing original Americana songs at local venues. And Graham spent years on the major label side of the industry, earning 4 Grammys for his work with acts like Bruno Mars and Gnarls Barkley before walking away to find a place in music that felt a bit more human.
CLAVVS is just that— an alternative pop band that examines human experiences with candor and imagination. Based in Brooklyn, Amber and Graham craft songs that subtly challenge and subvert the pop genre, an element at the heart of all they make.
Their EP No Saviors is set for release on March 22.
Photo Cred: Shervin Lainez