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Video clip for 'Move On' featuring Grunky the grunge monkey now available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGm_dF910ac

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released 16 June 2012

All songs written by Claire Birchall, with the exception of 'Manic Monday', written by Prince, and 'Riding', written by Will Joseph Oldham.

Claire Birchall: lead vocals, background vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, Casio keyboard, Stylophone, Stylophone Beatbox, fx
Daniel Herring: lead guitar (Riding)

All songs recorded and mixed by Claire Birchall using a Tascam Porta 03 and a Tascam 424MKII Portastudio between Sept. 2010 - Jan. 2011

Mastered by Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios

Cover Art: Claire Birchall
Studio Hand & Security: Casey Beans
Inspiration: Blue Box & Big Muff & Casio beats

Special thanks to Pete Azzopardi for his long hours of listening

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**PRESS RELEASE**
CLAIRE BIRCHALL: PP - Album out June 2012 on Night Owl Records
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Emerging from a suburban Melbourne bedroom with a floor in a tangle of guitar leads and pedals, is Claire Birchall's second officially released solo album, simply titled with the musical acronym, PP. This is Claire's first solo album in over 10 years, since self-releasing the home recorded 'captain captain' in 2001. In the meantime, the prolific song-writer has been busy fronting noisy indie rockers Paper Planes, as well as making up one fifth of garage country rock band The Happy Lonesome. An avid home-recorder since the '90s, Claire continues to be a loyal devotee of the 4track cassette, entirely producing 'PP' on that same Tascam she bought as a teenager. This latest release also sees her pairing up with some old friends, calling in Daniel Herring for some guest guitar and Linsday Gravina at Birdland Studios for the mastering.

The spark that inadvertently turned into an album came after a friend suggested that Claire cover the '80s Bangles hit 'Manic Monday'. With an old Casio keyboard, Big Muff fuzz guitar, and some fx pedal experimentation, she completed the song in an afternoon. What surprised the artist was the fact that this funny little set up seemed to be the exact inspiration she needed at the time. More tracks quickly followed, and so the album began to grow. The end result is a mix of new and old, songs and sounds. PP serves as a showcase for Claire's many musical personas, from physchedelic rock ('Really Got Me Down'), to spooky melancholy ('Loser') and aching heart country ('Leaving This Town'). Album single 'Move On' particularly shows off her keenness for experimentation, and its quirky upbeat yet downbeaten pop flavour is quite unlike she's ever created before.
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Claire Birchall Melbourne, Australia

Claire's been making music, writing songs and recording them since the mid-90’s. She took up guitar at 13, and succumbed to a 4-track cassette recording addiction at 17. Whilst continuing a long solo music career, she has also spent a number of years playing in bands Paper Planes (as front-chick) and The Happy Lonesome. She now fronts her brand new band Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchhikers. ... more

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