Calgary-based musician Clea Anaïs compositions centre on two things: their multifaceted artistic sensibility and emotional intelligence as sharp as a shard of bright-coloured crystal. After years spent working within her collaborative band, RALEIGH, and recording with bands like Woodpigeon, 100 Mile House, Reuben and the Dark, and Astral Swans, she unveiled her debut solo record, Circle Zero on March 29, 2022. With genre-defying production and inimitable vocals, grounded in nostalgic groove and lush pop stylings, Circle Zero was born from an intense period of challenges but makes a point of focusing on moments of beauty to evoke hope. Circling fundamental personal truths, and acknowledging basic desires we share as humans, Clea acknowledges that “the best of the old has come forward on this journey, and the other space has been filled with new support, new love, a renewed iteration of myself.”
During the Pandemic
# of Albums:
Debut solo album out now
Filled with allegories, “Under the Blue of the Moon” imagines youthful freedom on the other side of global doom, beyond the conventions of dissolved human structures.
Favourite musician growing up:
Stuart Murdoch – Belle and Sebastian
Favourite musician now:
Guilty pleasure song:
Lizzo “Good as Hell”
Live show ritual:
Favourite local musician:
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
Road or studio?
Any shows or albums coming up?
I just released my first solo full-length album, titled Circle Zero! It features some amazing Calgary musicians, engineers, dancers/choreographers, and visual/video artists. I am super proud of this collection of songs, and of the local crew who helped bring the record to life!
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Questions
Favourite local restaurant:
For a quick snack, the pizza at Sunnyside Market.
Favourite street in your city:
Crescent Rd. NW, because of the beautiful view of downtown and the mountains when you explore the walking paths along the ridge.
Favourite park in your city:
Bowness Park, because I grew up exploring it.
Favourite music venue in your city:
Prince’s Island Park, during the Calgary Folk Festival
Favourite music store in your city: