At the age of 15, preternaturally mature Canadian songstress Alanna Clarke decided to forgo a conventional high school education, along with all the social trappings of one’s typical adolescent arrival, and instead opted to become a touring musician. To be that sure, that young of your life’s calling can imply one of two things: immense myopia or immense, uncontainable talent. Fortunately for her, Clarke is in possession of the latter. Now 23, she has years of experience writing, producing and performing under her belt, and has graced us with a brand new track, “Raw Emotion”, out today.
While the title straightforwardly denotes the driving force inside of young people – raw emotion – the song itself is anything but twee. A stripped down guitar melody opens the track’s first few bars, with Clarke’s ethereal vocals mooring and uplifting the listener simultaneously. After the intro makes it clear to us that she is a powerhouse, the song explodes into an electropop ballad with an infectious beat and catchy electronic drums, though never over the top so much as to take away focus from Clarke’s voice, which is at once soulful, ecstatic and grounded the whole way through. Look out for big things from this girl. In the meantime, take a listen to “Raw Emotion” below.