Ever since she arrived, sounding and looking so very, very cool with “27 Club”, Chløë Black has captured our fast-beating blog heart. Since then our love has only strengthened and Chløë has just got better and better. A storming live performance was followed up with incredible new tunes, ”Cruel Intentions” and ”Professional” as well as a surreal and captivating video for ”Wild At Heart”. Now she is back with the fantastic “Groupie” and, appropriately, our infatuation has grown further.
Ridiculously infectious, “Groupie” uses audio from the 1970 documentary of (almost) the same name (it has an extra ‘s’) and gives nods to Cameron Crowe’s classic Almost Famous. More importantly though, it acts as a form of social commentary, referencing (in)famous women of the rock world’s past at a time when slut shaming is a very modern problem and there are still arguments over equality and feminism. Here Chløë is highlighting them as sort of anti-heroes, a tone that is reflected in the sound. Convention may have frowned on them, may have looked at their actions as being scandalous and disgraceful, yet Chløë is instead highlighting their freedom of choice and the empowering nature of these choices and their ability to effectively rebel against the norm.
Regardless of how it sounds, it feels like an important statement and one that needs making. Brilliantly, it sounds fucking ace as well. The cadence of both vocals and tune dances around like a paper plane on a swirling, tornado twist of attitude. The beat bounces and marches with a sense of authority and Chløë enchants like the fallen angel she undoubtedly is.
Sounds fantastic, makes you want to dance whilst being socially aware and important? It’s no wonder we love Chløë Black so much.
Artwork by Alexander Jordan