It’s becoming increasingly more common for people to feel an immense amount of pressure as they exit high school. They see everyone moving a million miles a minute, achieving goals they want to achieve and, like Atlas, have the weight of the world on their shoulders with these great expectations they’ve got for themselves to achieve their dreams at an early age. It’s an intense time and 23 year old Australian newcomer Forest Claudette knows this having experience this pressure beforehand, so what did he do? He decided to create music that would comfort those with restless minds and an inability to let themselves stop striving to achieve their goals. Now the young musician is here with his debut to share with the world his creative vision.
From the second it starts Creaming Soda captures your attention, “I was trying to be serious / sell it like I’m on TV / but fuck it, I’m 19.” The conversational lyrics bring you into his headspace during his teen years, almost akin to a therapy sessions where you allow Claudette to get everything off of his chest. The internal dialogue becomes clear as he croons his daily mantra of staying focused, never taking his eyes off the prize and working hard to make his dreams a reality. The cadence of his flow allows his charisma to shine through whilst simultaneously making the lyrics pack the same power as a Mike Tyson punch to the jaw. Then you’ve got the lush production reminiscent of a laidback 70’s disco with a touch of Jungle’s influence thrown in there, making you softly groove to the melodies in a woozy dreamlike state. The eccentricity of the music video is the cherry on top of this world-beating debut, making Forest Claudette an artist you simply must keep your eye on.
“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.”