Alicia Clara debuts with cosmic ballad “Closing Time at the Gates”

Alicia Clara‘s debut single, “Closing Time at the Gates”, is out now.

Hailing from Montreal-via-Geneva (and numerous other cities actually), Alicia Clara is an indie-pop artist with a pre-professional background in ballet, piano, and choir. Her debut track, “Closing Time at the Gates”, in a oneiric, cosmic ballad produced by her fellow Montrealer Dylan Konrad Obront, who is also known as one-half of duo Sorry Girls. The track deals with the feeling of belonging somewhere and the concept of “home”.

“‘Closing Time at the Gates’ is about feelings of confusion towards my hometown, about my love/hate relationship with it,” she detailed. “I think everyone can relate on some levels – it’s feeling pressure from a group of people regarding our personal choices, yet needing the comfort of returning to them once in a while. It’s feeling inadequate, it’s belonging to no one, nowhere, everywhere.”

She then added:

The inspiration came to me when I was back home for a few weeks and got asked repeatedly by people I didn’t know very well, “When are you moving back here”? As if my final destination had to be my hometown – as if it was “closing time at the gates” soon. Hailing from three continents to begin with (dad is Swedish-Peruvian and mum is Québécoise), I started questioning my own sense of belonging; was I doing the right thing? Was I betraying anyone? Where should I be? I was frustrated and upset at having to justify my whereabouts, at being seemingly tied down to one root—when I happen to have more than just one. I realised I’d been having this debate with myself—more than with anyone else—all my life, and being reminded of this confusion by others prompted me to write this track.

This track is now added to our playlist Best Tracks of 2020.

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