Warp Records announce new signing: Clarissa Connelly08 November 2023 - Press release
Listen to new single “Wee Rosebud” here
Announces show at Vortex Jazz Club on 24th November, tickets here
Today, Warp Records welcomes Copenhagen-based producer, composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Clarissa Connelly to the label. To mark the announcement, Connelly shares the spellbinding new single “Wee Rosebud” as well as a corresponding video shot at a house party with friends and musicians. To celebrate the beginnings of a new chapter as part of one of the most influential independent record labels, she’ll be performing live at Vortex Jazz Club, London on 24th November, with tickets available to purchase here.
“Wee Rosebud” is presented as a re-imagined 16th Century lament, with Connelly imagining a little rose flower gleefully singing in the sunlight. As the rose folds out into the world, changing as it grows up, its pink petals proudly blossom, cutting through the darkness. A chorus providing ethereal support to Clarissa’s soaring vocals, as she sings “Try to see me petals… The sun’s warmth folds me out. I’ll take my time folding out. Look at me, I'm a wee rosebud.” Born in Scotland, Clarissa Connelly relocated as a child to Denmark, where the cultural landscape has fuelled her creativity, through exploring the sacred sites, mythology, and music of Nordic culture. She first gained international attention with Tech Duinn (2018), a hypnotic album named after a spiritual gateway in Celtic myth. For her most recent album, The Voyager (2021), Clarissa physically walked the Scandinavian landscape, channeling melodies from ancient pre-Christian sites. To allow others to virtually join-in, Connelly developed an app called Vandringen which responds sonically to these sites. The album received global acclaim and was awarded the prestigious Nordic Music Prize which is testament to her studious dedication to composition as a masters student at the prestigious Rhythmic Music Conservatory (CPH).
Other impressive accolades include, opening for Jenny Hval across the UK & EU last year as well as taking part in Laurie Anderson’s choir. It’s also worth noting her recent premiere of Canons at Roskilde Festival, a choir piece that included Erika de Casier, Astrid Sonne, Henriette Motzfeldt (Smerz) and others.
Providing a moment of serenity and bright joy, Connelly is an artist whose music cuts through the chaos. Keep an eye out for what's more to come from this one-of-a-kind voice.