23-year-old Australian newcomer Forest Claudette has released his genre-blurring debut single “Creaming Soda” today via Warner Records. The track perfectly showcases the bicontinental and biracial singer/songwriter’s cheeky personality and insecurities, not to mention his stellar guitar skills, which are further highlighted in the colorful, eccentric, and contemplative ’70s-tinged music video. Watch it now below.
“Creaming Soda is about the internal pressures and expectations I had for myself as I entered the music industry straight out of high school. I wrote it a long time ago now, but the sentiment has never really left me. I feel a great weight and responsibility when it comes to songwriting, but all that pressure is internal, and the reality is nothing matters too much. I strive to feel both,” Claudette said reflectively.
The jewel-toned “Creaming Soda” video finds a playful Forest role-hopping from a businessman getting a manicure, to a construction worker, to playing golf on a rooftop with a winning smile. It heralds the arrival of not only a fearless new musical talent, but also an exciting visual artist.
Forest Claudette’s musical drive was born at home in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia. Inspired by urban alternative singer/songwriters like Frank Ocean and Moses Sumney, he honed his craft at an experiential, learning-focused high school and wrote his first song at 16. Soon after, Forest caught the attention of national radio station triple j. The experience landed him in co-writing sessions with other artists and songwriters, and also gave him free rein to experiment with his sound.