Claire Ridgely has only been to California twice, but those travels, and her own aspirations, fuel the Montreal singer songwriter's second single, "California," premiering exclusively below with its accompanying animated video.
"This song is about my idealization of the Los Angeles lifestyle and dreaming about the wonders this place could do for me as a musician -- I fuel all my hopes and dreams, sunny California," Ridgely tells Billboard. "It seems like this beacon of hope and of light for artists, but at the same time I wanted to write about the bittersweetness as well, where maybe a lot of artists fall short or get swallowed up and get lost along the way. 'California' is about deciding to follow your heart regardless of a fear of falling short of your dreams."
Ridgely certainly knows about that duality. Her first trip to Los Angeles was for The Voice; "I made it through a couple of the auditions round until I was cut, but it was a wonderful experience." The next time out Ridgely -- best-known for her features on electronic songs by producers such as Robotaki, Said the Sky and Pat Lok -- was to play a live show with Robotaki to recreate their single "Ghostboy."