Cloves pulls no punches in ‘Better Now’, a new song that doubles-up as the first song to be announced from her debut album out in 2017. Watch here.

The track was written in February of this year, over the course of a single day in London alongside her long-term writing collaborator Justin Parker (Banks, Bat For Lashes etc.) Fresh from returning home to Melbourne she created the song, which is about “feeling misunderstood and claustrophobic in a relationship.”

 “I swear that I’m better now is written almost sarcastically, to move the conversation on” explains the singer-songwriter, continuing “I had given up trying to talk about how I was feeling and instead started distancing myself. The lyrics touch on the internal conflict I was having about weighing-up if a long term relationship was still working, the back and forth between obligation to someone and the desire to be alone.”

Previous listeners of Cloves debut EP ‘XIII’ will find familiarity in the honesty found in her lyrics, that help her stand out alongside her lofty, forever gripping vocals that are supported by a melody that mesmerises. This song, with its introduction of rumbustious drums & soaring “woo’s” hint towards a whole new side of her music, which along with much of her upcoming debut album tracks yet to be revealed, draws upon her influences that include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Mazzy Star and Nina Simone.

This month, North American fans can catch her playing live, supporting Michael Kiwanuka’s tour. She’ll be joining from November 29th Boston before traveling to New York (Nov 30th), Toronto (Dec 2nd), Chicago (Dec 3rd), Minneapolis (Dec 4th), Vancouver (Dec 7th), Seattle (Dec 8th), Portland (Dec 9th), San Francisco (Dec 11), Los Angles (Dec12) & finishes in Dallas (Dec 14). Full information on tickets can be found HERE

Also, London gig-goers can check her live at the new Omeara London venue on Thursday 9th Feb 2017 (Tickets go on sale from Friday 18 November 2016, visit for more details)

More to follow early in 2017, until then you can read the lyrics of ‘Better Now’ below, and you can keep up-to-date about Cloves via Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Vevo.


Verse 1

Then I hear you leave

And I’m happy

Just for a moment I’m free

Then it dawns on me…

That no time has past

And I won’t last

I’m getting nowhere fast

And that’s a fact…

Pre chorus

Three years to the night

Saw what I was really like

Start with a kiss,

End with a fight

Three years come and go

Acting like you didn’t know

That I have lost my head…



You know me,

So I know that you have your doubts


You know me

But I swear that I’m better no2…

Verse 2

Can you honestly

Live without me?

Cause you’ll miss the fire I breathe…

You can’t disagree

Pre chorus

Three years to the night

Saw what I was really like

Start with a kiss,

End with a fight

I love a fight.


Middle 8

You got stitches from me

You know that I’m guilty

You said settle down

And I said get the fuck out

Burn your pictures of us

I love it when you’re acting tough

I’ll never be good enough

I’m just too much



About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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