Sabrina Claudio first revealed her signature, sultry sound to the world via ‘Confidently Lost’; an EP made-up of sun-drenched atmospheric R&B. Returning with her first full length mixtape, ‘About Time’, the 21-year-old songstress is out to prove that she’s more than just a Soundcloud sensation. Fitting for an Autumn release, ‘About Time’ soundtracks Claudio’s foray into moodier territory. Her trademark vocals practically ooze seduction, and from the intro’s alluring spoken word piece to the soaring melodies of ‘Natural’, the album’s front end instantly lures the listener in.
The highlights of ‘About Time’ showcase Sabrina Claudio’s remarkable ability to create atmosphere with her music, purely by means of her understated melodies and production. The engrossing sonic-architecture can often leave the listener pondering her ability as a song-writer. However, more is often less, and resisting the chance to over-perform displays a quiet confidence in her own abilities.
This is most apparent on the album’s central section. Released prior to launch, ‘Belong to You’ and ‘Unravel Me’ are already firm fan-favourites, and for good reason. ‘Belong to You’ explores a more aggressive, trap-infused production; which works a treat as the under-layer for Claudio’s floating vocals. ‘Unravel Me’ on the other hand pairs swinging down-tempo drums; wobbly synth-pads and articulate top lines; twisting and turning before erupting into a chorus that is as equally delicate as it is gargantuan. The track, amongst others, proves that the spaces between notes hold as much impact as the notes themselves. This is something Claudio effectively utilises throughout the record, prevalent on the likes of new single ‘Stand Still’; a mid-tempo departure awash with dreamy guitars and breathy crooning.
‘Wanna Know’ is a vulnerable pondering of unrequited love, and sounds like it could have been stolen straight from the latest Bridget Jones soundtrack; Whilst ‘Frozen’ is a wintery dose of R&B, and could almost even make the cut as this year’s coolest Christmas song, minus the cheese.
Let’s just hope we find a Sabrina Claudio UK show under our tree this December.
‘About Time’ is out now via SC Entertainment