Song Premiere: Leftover Cuties, “Clarity”


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It’s 1958, and the Sadie Hawkins dance is coming to a close. You’re on the dance floor with your sweetheart, locked in an embrace as the DJ announces the last slow dance of the night. He plays the Leftover Cuties “Clarity,” and you begin to sway – at least that’s what this track might make you think.

Equally as suited for a secret jazz club as a school dance, “Clarity” showcases the Cuties’ frontwoman Shirli McAllen’s chops as both a singer and a songwriter. “I wrote ‘Clarity’ on an old 4=string guitar that was lent to me,” says McAllen. “I find that sometimes a new instrument can inspire you to write something different.”

McAllen’s warm, sultry voice is equally as comforting as the lyrics, which offer loving support to a struggling soul. “Someone in my life was losing perspective, and though you can’t always fully understand what a person is going through, you feel the need to reach out,” she says.

Check out the song below.

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