Need a gift for a gifted musician?
The SoundCloud Premium accounts also come as virtual gifts and it takes only two minutes to get one. Head over to our Gift page and check out the different Premium accounts starting at only €29 per year.
Claire Birchall has been making music, writing songs and recording them since the mid-‘90s, found her voice busking with her guitar in the Geelong mall, and made a teenage stage debut at the Barwon Club. After playing piano as a kid, she moved onto guitar when just 13, learning from the likes of musical heroes such as Kurt Cobain and J Mascis. At 17 Claire bought a Tascam cassette 4track recorder and was instantly hooked, quickly becoming a prolific songwriter and recorder, churning out tape after tape, and experimenting with ever more instruments and sounds along the way.
In 2001, Claire released her mainly acoustic-based debut solo album ‘captain captain’, self-recorded on 4track cassette and released on CD. That same year her regular live band morphed into indie rockers Paper Planes, while an acoustic duo she’d been playing in became garage-country band The Happy Lonesome. Both of these bands have since enjoyed a number of releases, including full-length albums and 7” singles, with Claire’s Paper Planes serving as her main song-writing vehicle since their conception.
Again embarking on a solo journey over 10 years since her debut, Claire has just released her second solo album, simply titled with the musical acronym ‘PP’. Recorded at home on the old Tascam, with a little Casio keyboard and heavily effects-laden fuzz guitars as her band, it is yet another new sound for the ever-changing artist. From psychedelic rock, to spooky melancholy and aching heart country, this album showcases the artists many musical sides.