Australian singer and songwriter, Clairy Browne has always been one to forge her own path. Browne’s new solo album, POOL is out now via Vanguard Records and Caroline Australia, is a splash into a new era for the young artist. It’s about letting go, detaching, empowering and exploring her love for R&B music and pop music of all styles and eras.
Browne’s previous project was as the front woman of the high-drama girl-group extravaganza Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes. Their highly acclaimed debut album Baby Caught the Bus included the hit single “Love Letter” which was prominently featured in a Heineken commercial and two JC Penney spots that ran during the Oscars broadcast which helped spread and cement Browne’s international reputation.
For POOL, Browne collaborated with some of the top producers and songwriters in Los Angeles. Her partner in crime is executive producer and songwriter Amanda Warner, aka MNDR (Mark Ronson, DJ Mustard, Rita Ora, Spank Rock and Charlie XCX). Writing and recording with a new and diverse group of people, to include Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson), Jimmy Harry (Pink, Madonna), Rob Kleiner (Cee Lo, David Guetta), and Peter Wade (Kid Ink, Jennifer Lopez,) Browne channeled a lineage of fierce women, inspired by the likes of Grace Jones, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Tina Turner.
POOL showcases eleven tracks that are stuffed with unique pop culture references, pop rhythms and big soulful ballads. The track “Still Goodbye” is a deeply emotional song that Browne wrote after ending the U.S. tour with The Bangin’ Rackettes.
At its core, POOL is about “being exhilarated and feeling free,” Browne says of detaching from the past. “The persona I had developed in Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes was partly me and partly my fear. Being somewhat terrified of performing…I needed to transform into someone powerful on-stage. Now, I am not afraid anymore.”