Melodic Whimsy and Creative Resonance: Unveiling the Sonic Odyssey of Million Pebble Beach
Million Pebble Beach, the musical alter ego of Portsmouth’s multifaceted artist Claire Baker, weaves whimsical tales and dreamy journeys through her vividly imagined songs, often described as “Grimm’s Fairytales on piano.” Drawing comparisons to musical luminaries like Aldous Harding, Kate Bush, Björk, Regina Spektor, John Grant, and Cate Le Bon, her performances are a lively and engaging fusion of storytelling and musical prowess.
Mark Kelly of Brighton and Hove News hailed Claire as “an artiste writ large” following her captivating performance at the Victorious Festival. Praised as an excellent pianist and singer with intriguing lyrics, she’s undeniably an artist on the rise.
In the words of a local promoter, Claire is a “unique and talented performer,” and her presence in the Portsmouth music scene is considered a stroke of luck. Phil Letchford, in his review of the 2020 demo album “The Adjacent Impossible” and Million Pebble Beach’s live performance, declared it a rare and special auditory experience.
Beyond her musical endeavors, Claire actively supports the local music scene, frequently appearing at open mics. In 2023, she took center stage as one of the chosen singer-songwriters for the “432 NOMADS” events, showcasing Portsmouth’s creative community alongside spoken-word poets, rappers, singers, and dance artists during Refugee Week 2023 and PORTSFEST 2023.
Million Pebble Beach’s musical journey extended to various stages in 2023, including performances at the Ventor Fringe Festival, HI-Fest on Hayling Island, Old Town Live’s Revolution Records Stage in Stevenage, and a supporting role for Rachael Sage at The Art House in Southampton. Claire also graced the Portsmouth Creates and People Lounge Stages at Victorious Festival, concluding her summer with standout performances at Weekend Offender Record’s CIDERFEST and Escape to the Farm in Hambledon.
This Portsmouth gem continues to shine, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating her next enchanting musical chapter.