When the mood ring constantly shows “cultural pessimism” then retreating into your private life seems a sensible option. Clara Luzia’s new album “When I Take Your Hand” could be interpreted as this type of retreat, not least because she has written a love song to her wife (and drummer) Catharina in “The Story Of You & Me”, thinks of her great grandmother in “I Remember You”, and also goes after her inner demons in “Survival”, opening the doors a little wider in the process. But the album doesn’t encourage navel-gazing or withdrawal; rather it is an almost random collection of songs that chronicle our time. Classification of this collection of songs will only be possible with the benefit of hindsight. Up to that point, holding hands is a good option, and also a political stance. The singles “Mood Swing” (#3 in the FM4-Charts) and “On The Street”, which were released in summer and autumn of 2017 respectively, have been played on every radio station between Poland (including Radio Czworka, Radio Lublin), Germany (including Radio Eins, BR Puls), Spain (BI FM), Sweden (Stockholm College Radio) and England (BBC6).