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Minimalist avant-blues hymns originally recorded for solo guitar and voice, with contributions from musicians around the world. 

Track Listing:

  • Swans
  • Uneasy Spirit
  • Swallow Me
  • I Love An Evil Queen
  • Once A White Owl

Listen to Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss at Clara’s Bandcamp page: https://claraengel.bandcamp.com/album/visitors-are-allowed-one-kiss

Release Date: 7th September, 2018

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Reviews:

“The space inhabited by this album acts as a power centre of intersecting ley-lines of disembodied stories that whisper into the ear of the listener. The characters weave through the shadows of the space, desiring to be heard. Also intersecting here in this quiet space are the traditions born in the Mississippi Delta and the Ozark mountains, feeding a powerful, slow burning creation. It is within the economy with which every aspect is built that repeated listens reveal the treasures contained in the songs.”
– Intravenous Magazine

“Pero en suma, Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss constituye un álbum majestuoso que, imperturbable, ahonda en un viaje reflexivo y catártico sin igual, signo de una honestidad sin contemplaciones y un esfuerzo compositivo despampanante. Increíble.”
– Hijos de Saturno

“Mysteriös, verführend und unheimlich – die Musik von Clara Engel fühlt sich überall da zu Hause, wo auch Spinnen ihre Fäden ziehen und Kerzen die kalten Steinmauern erhellen. Ihre Lieder gleiten sanft durch verlassene Ballsäle, verhüllen sich in langen Kleidern aus Nebel und sinken langsam die Wirbelsäule hinab. Mit nur wenigen Mitteln lässt die Musikerin auf ihrer neusten EP “Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss” klare Stimmungsbilder entstehen und zelebriert die dunkelsten Seiten des Folk. Kuttenträger fühlen sich hier sofort heimisch.”
– 17408sound

“Each track is built around a slow, simple, repeating guitar line. Imagine this guitar as the sun with a galaxy of atmospheric noises, subtle percussion, synths, and stringed ambience trapped in its gravitational pull. The combined instruments provide gentle support for Clara’s rich and textured voice.”
– Evol Kween: The Musical

“Peut-être que les formes retenues par Clara Engel peuvent nous déstabiliser. Il n’y a pas de jeu de séduction en employant les moyens à la mode. Pas d’ornements inutiles, certains diraient minimalisme ou formes épurées. Le propos n’est pas de séduire, d’attirer le client mais de provoquer en nous des résonances profondes.”
– Music, Books, and Poems

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Photograph by Kim Hume
Clara Engel is an independent, multi-faceted artist and musician based in Toronto, Canada. Engel has independently recorded and released eleven albums, and collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Iran, and the US. Their music has been played on Italian National Radio, as well as BBC Radio 2, making it onto Tom Robinson’s show “BBC Introducing” on several occasions. It has been described as “folk noir,” “minimalist holy blues from another galaxy,” and “sung poetry.” Engel‘s voice and guitar stylings place them singularly on the genre-map, somewhere between avant-garde torch singer and gothic-blues artist. Influences span genres and media, amongst them are Vasko Popa, Virginia Woolf, Theodore Roethke, Jim Jarmusch, Arvo Part, Meredith Monk, Robert Johnson, Gillian Welch, and Jacques Brel.

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