Salt Lake City breakout duo, Oh, Be Clever, is known for their seamless meld of electro and indie pop, thanks to the joint efforts of Brittney Shields’ impressive chops and Cory Scott Layton’s dynamic instrumentation and prouduction. The pair met in High School, when they played in rivaling musical acts. In fact they loathed each other a great deal until one night (after members of their bands went fist-to-cuffs in their HS parking lot, West Side Story style) they decided on a whim, to abscond together, leaving their respective projects in order to start Oh, Be Clever.
Their newest single, “My Chest”, premiering today here on Audiofemme, combines all the trappings of a mainstream pop jam–infectious vocal hooks, accessible melodies, and driving beats–with a twinkling piano line, juxtaposed with a gritty electric guitar refrain, drenching what could be a straight forward twee anthem with the glimmering complexity of an indie cult hit. Regarding their new release, songstress Shields writes, “”My Chest” is a really close song to me. I have a really hard time vocalizing vulnerability or the fear of liking someone too much. I’m always afraid I’ll freak them out or they’ll lose interest…and my heart will wind up shattered. I’m sure most people can relate to that feeling. This was one of those songs that just FELL out of my brain and onto my laptop. I was starting to date someone new and forgot how good it felt to feel those butterflies…So I did what any gal should do…wrote it down and made it into a song.”
Take a listen to “My Chest”, here via Soundcloud: