Wasted Time from CLOVES is a reassuring self-anthem everyone needs to hear

The universe has a really strange and inexplicable way of purveying messages to you. It takes time and patience to be able to really spot these messages, but when you do, it can be really cathartic.

The reason I mention such a conceptual notion is because I think CLOVES’ new single Wasted Time was exactly what I needed to hear right now.

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With melancholic vocals and an effortlessly serene production, Wasted Time from CLOVES feels like monochrome and technicolour at once.

Australian-born CLOVES (now residing in London), has been on my personal radar since her first EP release, XIII, back in 2015. Since then her impressive progression as an artist is quite honestly baffling, as her sound and lyrics have shifted into a realm of painful realisations and reviving revelations.

Wasted Time is an ode to the inner conflict you experience when you meet someone that you can see yourself falling in love with.

“And I’m the baddest company, and I can’t stand it when you’re close to me.”

CLOVES charms with her brooding vocal aptitude. Personally, my greatest battle in life is with myself. I’m constantly finding myself having these internal conversations and conflicts about not being good enough for someone else, and CLOVES has encapsulated this feeling within one line.

“The only place I wanna go, is anywhere there’s people I don’t know”, feels like a line that you would hear amongst the shoegaze-era of the late nineties or introspective bands like Air and The Verve, but alas CLOVES has allowed us to delve into such tender sentiments fluently and with a great sense of care.

Wasted Time was something that I really needed to hear this week. There’s a sense of relief to hearing such relative lyrics, and a feeling of reassurance that always follows. This song reminded myself, and hopefully everyone that it touches, that we’re not alone in the endless battle with ourselves.


CLOVES will be returning home next week to play some headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as supporting The Rubens on their Never Ever regional tour in WA. Grab all the details below.


Supporting The Rubens
Thu Jun 07 – Dunsborough Tavern – Dunsborough, WA
Fri Jun 08 – Leisure Inn – Rockingham, WA
Sat Jun 09 – Wintersun Hotel – Geraldton, WA

Headline Tour
Tue Jun 12 – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney NSW – Tickets
Wed June 13 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC – Tickets

Supporting Greta Van Fleet (US/CANADA)
Tue July 3 – Armony Minneapolis, MN
Fri July 6 – Rebel Complex Toronto, CAN
Sun July 8 – Rebel Complex Toronto, CAN
Wed July 18 – Stage AE Outdoors Pittsburgh, PA
Fri July 20 – 930 Club Washington DC
Sat July 21 – The Anthem Washington DC
Mon July 23 – House of Blues Boston, MA
Tue July 24 – House of Blues Boston, MA