Melbourne pianist, vocalist and songwriter Clio Renner has just completed her latest solo endeavour ‘Something Left to Leave Behind’. Backed by captivating strings and harmonies, this album reflects upon the end of a relationship with sorrow and poise, eventually finding acceptance. Clio outlines that “the confusion, anger and sadness after hearing your ex-partner has moved on. This song is working through all of that.”
Staying true to Clio’s style, the title track ‘Something Left to Leave Behind’ combines a pulsating orchestral arrangement with contemporary keys and direct, heartfelt lyrics. The strings ebb and flow, reaching epic heights yet still creating an understated mood. If you’re a fan of a sweeping melody and heartbreaker strings, this soaring track will be your favourite elegant break-up track.
Her beautiful voice is so soft and soothing that it draws you into the mood and story of her songs. The moment her track ‘Lying Still’ begins, you are immediately captivated and keeps you in that state the entire way through, while ‘Sleep For Years’ has almost a change in pace, combining emotions from empathy and understanding to heartbreak and anger. Speaking of a relationship that has been irrevocably damaged, the haunting lyrics showcasing the fragility of trust made clear through Clio’s sweet yet powerful voice.
It is easy to see why she is so popular and has toured with so many well-known artists. She has the power of lyrics that could break 1000 hearts in a room at once – and we adore it.
Reviewed by Chloe Cicero