Claire Voyant (band)
|Genres||Dream pop, indie pop, trip hop, downtempo, ethereal wave|
Victoria Lloyd (vocals & lyrics) |
Chris Ross (keyboards and programming)
Ben Fargen (guitars)
Garin Casaleggio (drums and percussion)
Claire Voyant is a indie pop and downtempo band from Sacramento, California. The trio were once part of a 5-piece band called Murmur, which split over creative differences. Their 1995 debut, Claire Voyant, has been followed by three more studio albums, Time and the Maiden in 1998, Love Is Blind in 2002 and Lustre in 2009, each introducing new elements making each a distinct work of its own. They are currently signed to Metropolis Records.
Lloyd also contributes to electropop artists HMB and Mono Chrome. Ross also contributes to HMB.
Murmur and Claire
Prior to the formation of Claire Voyant, its three members were in another band called Murmur. They realized that Chris could do everything that the bass player and drummer did (and more) with a synthesizer and a drum machine, so the trio left Murmur to start their own band. They had a difficult time finding a new name; many of the ideas they came up with had already been taken. Eventually, Victoria found the name Claire Voyant in a 1940s comic strip. The band felt the name fit the music they made, and they liked the wordplay, so the moniker stuck.
They released their debut in 1995 on their own independent label, Nocturne. They then sent the album to Projekt Records, who then forwarded it to the German label Hyperium Records. Hyperium included Claire's song Her on their Heavenly Voices IV compilation album, which garnered Claire a lot of publicity in Europe. Hyperium reissued the album, and went on to distribute their next album, Time and the Maiden. Their third album, Love Is Blind, was released in 2002 on Philadelphia indie label Metropolis, who had by then re-released Time and the Maiden with bonus tracks for the US market. On September 22, 2009, its fourth studio album, Lustre, the first in seven years, was released.
- Claire Voyant (eponymous debut), 1995 (Remastered and re-released in 1997, 2000, and 2010)
- Time and the Maiden 1998, (Re-released in 2000 with three bonus tracks)
- Love Is Blind 2002
- Lustre 2009
- 'Time Again A Collection of Remixes, 2000
- Official website
- Claire Voyant discography at Discogs