Drawing on elements of pop, rock, punk, folk in her sound, Dionne Sturdy-Clow is one of the hidden gems within the UK music scene. Well, maybe not so hidden considering she has featured on Pop Fad Blog, Sinusoidal Music, Motion News, and performed with Bang Bang Romeo; the fact is, this is the first time I have come across her. Coming from a musical family, Dionne Sturdy-Clow has been surrounded by music all her life and it is now that she chooses to embrace a solo project. The latest addition to her critically acclaimed discography is ‘I Could Be Somebody’.
Describing herself as having the heart of a hippie and soul of a punk, it’s no surprise that Dionne’s music is powerful, moving and a little “in your face”. While the new track ‘I Could Be Somebody’ can be labelled as an indie-rock meets pop-rock single, the interspersed twinges of indie-pop and folk highlight this artist’s versatility and innovativeness. With a sophisticated melodic arrangement inspiring a feeling of empowerment, Dionne shows skills beyond her young years in ‘I Could Be Somebody’. I can hear a slight similarity to Alanis Morissette in attitude; however, Dionne is far too much of an individual to be compared to anyone.
Written as contemplation of self-belief and inner strength, ‘I Could Be Somebody’ is an anthemic tribute to coming of age. Featuring Rob Price on bass, Ali Reid on drums and herself on vocals, Dionne pushes you into a swirl of sound with the new single. Yet, it is not the power of the melody that captures your soul but the message behind the music. Dionne shares that after her song ‘It’s Your Life’, where she touches on a friend’s suicidal thoughts, she wished to find a more optimistic viewpoint – ‘I Could Be Somebody’ is this reflective alternative.