Brisbane indie label Enemy Love Records has announced the signing of Canadian singer/songwriter Claymere to their expanding roster of artists.
Hailing from Saskatoon in central Canada, Claymere’s new single ‘The Show’ walks the line between indie rock and electro-pop; think Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, Owl City or The Postal Service with a slightly more rock pedigree.
Performing under the moniker Claymere, Stephen McLane got his start in Canada with his debut EP ‘Waiting on the Sun’ released independently in 2017. The name Claymere is a reference to God’s creative work in our lives, and a reminder that we are mere clay in the Father’s hands.
‘The Show’ is a song that focuses on our dreams and talents, but Claymere said that the lyrics also serve as a reminder to pursue the right things.
“It’s important to pay attention to good desires God places in your heart and use your talents to the best of your ability. The chorus juxtaposes the verses with the song’s two protagonists who achieved the goal they were working towards and noticing others have gotten duped into trying to “people please” and in pursuit of vain glory.”
“The protagonists notice these other inferred characters saying the right thing, striking a pose, and practically ‘acting’, putting on a show, and losing themselves in the process. The chorus hook, “Would you mind leaving the show” is a push back by the song’s protagonists against this empty pursuit of vain glory and invites the listener to keep their eyes on things above rather than just temporal pursuits.”
Enemy Love Records is a Brisbane label focused on highlighting the work of contemporary Catholic musicians and songwriters, and was founded by married couple David and Emma Kruse.
Emma said that Claymere was on the top of their dream signings list, after first discovering his music while living in Canada.
“I spent time in Canada from 2008 to 2015 doing mission work across the country, and somewhere along the way I met Stephen, and when he shared his music with me I just loved it,” Emma said.
“I thought his voice was really strong and had a unique characteristic, and his songwriting was very smart/mature, the guitar impressive and catchy.”
“When we originally reached out to him we were saddened to hear he was on a bit of a break to attend to some vocal issues he was suffering with. Then one day out of the blue he told us he had been working on a few singles and was getting back into music. Right away we had a meeting with him and the collaboration was made!”
Claymere’s new single ‘The Show’ is out now on Enemy Love Records, with more new music coming throughout October and November.
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