Cloves (aka Kaity Dunstan), from Australia, has a haunting sound reminiscent of Adele. (Courtesy photo)

Cloves (aka Kaity Dunstan), from Australia, has a haunting sound reminiscent of Adele. (Courtesy photo)

Outside Lands marks chance to see Cloves on the way up


Part of the fun of attending a sweeping festival such as Outside Lands is discovering bright new talent — like 20-yearold Australian artist Kaity Dunstan, who bills herself as Cloves (and just might become the next Adele). Her debut EP “XIII” is named in honor of her grandmother, who believed there was no such thing as bad luck and cherished the number 13. It includes skeletal ballads, such as the piano-anchored “Frail Love,” an acoustic-strummed “Don’t You Wait,” and disarmingly simple “Don’t Forget About Me,” all of which let her gorgeous voice billow to the surface. Catch her now on her way up. She’ll be at the top before you know it.

How did other kids in your native Melbourne view you, growing up?
In school, I kept to myself a little bit. I used to always do music, and on weekends, I used to go play in pubs in Melbourne. So that’s how I spent my Saturday nights — out playing in pubs, putting on a show. So I just kind of did my own thing, and that’s how people viewed me. I just did what I wanted.

When did you notice that you had this exceptional singing voice?
Well, I just remember always wanting to do music for some reason. I’m not really sure why. Even when I was really, really young, I remember making cassette tapes with my mum, with me singing. And I was only 4 or 5. I just liked it. I remember going to a musical when I was 4 years old, and watching the performers onstage and just being like, “Oh, my God! This is so amazing!” I always thrived on music. It made me feel better about everything.

But you dragged your older sister into performing, too, when you were both teenagers?
In primary school, I used to be in a little band, and I used to be in the choir. I just wanted to go onstage as a performer. So I just started writing songs, and then my sister started playing with me. And I think the first festival thing we played was like a street market down the road, with a little amp set up. So we were basically just singing to all the people walking past. I didn’t care where I was performing — I just liked performing my own songs.

When did you discover that less is more, studio-wise?
I think it was from people that had always inspired me, vocally. They knew when to push forward, and when to pull back. So now I think it’s all about how you convey a lyric, rather than how hard or loud you sing it.

IF YOU GO
Cloves
Presented by Outside Lands
Where: Panhandle Stage (Hellman’s Hollow, Speedway Meadow), Golden Gate Park, S.F.
When: 1:20 p.m. Aug. 7

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