Phoebe Bridgers’ first record label signing is here! Check out Claud’s new single

Phoebe announced she was launching a new record label imprint, Saddest Factory Records, last week.


Hot off the heels of announcing her new record label, Phoebe Bridgers has revealed its first signee, New York artist Claud, and their new single ‘Gold’.

Claud – surname Mintz – has previously toured with Bleachers, girl in red, Girlpool and Neighbourhood under their previous moniker, Toast, and released a full-length project last year called ‘Sideline Star’.

New track ‘Gold’ is a painfully infectious quirky alt-pop tune about a relationship falling into disrepair.


“I need something different than the way this is/ Cause I feel like I’m falling in” sings Claud, over a tootliing bassline.

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Of the track, the artist says: “Imagine stepping onto a ship that’s moving back ‘n forth back ‘n forth but perfectly in time. ONE, two, three, four, ONE, two, three, four, ONE… You know you’re sinking but at the same time you’re mesmerised by the way the ship synchronised itself with the sea. I have never been on a sinking ship in the middle of the sea but I have been in a relationship.”

The accompanying video sees Claud dressed as a monster, in a how-to-be-human training class. “‘Gold’ is about contradictions; an instructor attempting to teach a class of monsters proper manners so they can assimilate”, Claud explains. “A relationship getting so tired and so old that even gold starts to rust (which isn’t scientifically possible).”

It’s a strong start for CEO Fake Nudes and we’re excited to hear more from Claud and Saddest Factory.