Today’s song is “Indigo September” By Paper Citizen. This is the musical project of Los Angeles-based Singaporean singer-songwriter, violinist, guitarist, and producer, Claire Gohst. After being kicked out of her home for coming out as gay, Gohst eventually left school to pursue music as a full-time career.
Thriving in the local live music scene around Singapore, playing the violin, and singing in bars, clubs, and restaurants, Gohst realized she needed to grow to become a better artist. Soon after, she moved to Boston to pursue training in the recording arts and jazz violin at Berklee College of Music.
Paper Citizen performed in Singapore for Pink Dot 2018, an annual event attended by thousands to show their support for the LGBTQ community, in a country that still has no anti-discrimination laws.
Paper Citizen was voted a “New England Emerging Artist of the Month” by The Deli Magazine in October 2016. In 2017 she was nominated as a “New Act of the Year” in the New England Music Awards. IN 2018 she was also nominated for the 617 Sessions Artist of the Year in the 2018 Boston Music Awards. She has also received accolades from WGBH, Vanyaland, Bitch Magazine, Swaay, and Autostraddle.
Gohst combines analog and digital recording technology to create an artistic message with musical influences from the likes of Wilco, St. Vincent, and Andrew Bird.
As a self-proclaimed “Indie-rock for a lost soul in a new world,” she has an inviting sound that surrounds you with warm guitars and intimate lyrics that speak of honesty and truth.