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Debut Album Super Monster Out February 12th on Saddest Factory Records

Fast becoming the 2021 Artist You Need To Know, Claud has released a fourth track from their eagerly anticipated debut album Super Monster. “Guard Down” is 3:26 minutes of pining pop perfection, as our intrepid hero braces themselves for a return to New York City and a possible run in with last summer’s romantic interest.
Co-written with Cameron Hale and Mary Weitz, Claud says of the song, “I have the hardest time opening up and letting my guard down. When I wrote this song, I had just found out somebody I had feelings for started seeing someone else and my immediate emotional response was to convince myself I didn’t care, even though I really did. The verses and chorus sort of make fun of how I keep myself closed off, but my rap towards the end of the song is a super honest stream of consciousness.”
“Guard Down” is the last in a stellar run of pre-album tracks taken from Super Monster. Previous song “Cuff Your Jeans”, “Soft Spot and “Gold” found widespread acclaim upon release.
Standing at 5 feet tall with green and blue hair (hair color subject to change), 21-year old Claud Mintz is a prolific and industrious talent. The first signing to Phoebe Bridgers’ new label imprint with Dead Oceans, Claud has been stealthily releasing impressively agile pop songs for the last two years.
Super Monster is 13 songs of irresistible charm and a vertiginous but joyous coming-of-age reckoning with young love. A skilled lyricist with an extraordinary gift for writing infectious melodies, Claud sees relationships as games of endless wonder, intrigue and second-guesses; a roller-coaster thrilling you, even when it’s terrifying. From beginning to end, the sparkling tunes capture the assorted stages of a relationship’s delight and dejection – the giddy sensation of a first kiss, the heartsick longing of a pending rejection and the reluctant call for a requisite breakup.
(Super Monster Album Art By Claud)
Pre-order the album HERE
Early Praise for Claud:
“It’s just songs about being young and figuring out your identity, figuring out what you want out of relationships. And at the same time, there’s this seemingly effortless sparkle to their music that gives it a real kick all the way through.” – NPR Morning Edition
“Their tender, dreamlike melodies touch on relatable coming-of-age themes like unrequited love and the vulnerability of youth, but Claud also makes room for underrepresented snippets of life and love within the young LGBTQ+ community.” – NPR Music
“..invitingly open and affably relatable bedroom pop” – NME
“..dreamy and utterly wholesome.” – NYLON
“An addictive coming-of-age story” – i-D on Super Monster
“(Soft Spot)’s lo-fi, fuzzy production lends perfectly to the singer’s raw vocals, as they let their crush know that for the time being, they’ll still be here, hoping for the best.” – Billboard
“Detailing daydreams “Soft Spot” offers lush nostalgia and another fragment of the coming-of-age story the record is set to tell.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Soft Spot” is a warm, comforting slice of puppy-love indie-pop with more than enough textures to have you savoring the repeat listens.” – The FADER
“Over a warm-toned guitar, Claud sings of dealing with the emotions behind unrequited love.” – UPROXX
“A breezy tale of unrequited love, Claud manages to spark warmth in an otherwise somber situation…” – Atwood Magazine on “Soft Spot”
“.. a mellow, self-aware take on a doomed relationship with an absolute earworm of a chorus.” – MTV on “Gold”
“Claud’s frustration with the ending of a relationship comes through not just in their fatigued vocal delivery, but also the misty harmonies and dream pop-esque guitar leads that float atop its striking bassline.” – Consequence of Sound on “Gold”
“…it’s a colourful and irreverent blast of free-thinking audio energy.” – CLASH on “Gold”
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