Artist Watch: Steven A. Clark

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Alternatives to the R&B norm have been in bumper crop mode for a few years now, and Steven A. Clark is among the bunch who revel in bending and shaping the genre to fit their own artistic desires. Clark, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist out of Miami, is putting a little art pop spin on the R&B narrative, heard mostly through such previous independently released projects as 2010's Stripes and last year's Fornication Under the Consent of the King. With his recent release of three-track EP, Late, he has honed his craft and created a space where he can artistically roam.

If you felt like you are missing some good solid testosterone-fueled croonage, then Clark is your man, as he mixes such girth in the the lovey-dovey context of his latest single, "Lonely Roller". Actually "Lonely Roller" isn't something to put on and get your sexy on, as it's a moody think piece about a failed rendezvous in Vegas (bummer), but Clark croons so smooth, melding in with the plucky guitars and the yearning female supporting vocals, all while bringing back the soulful throaty-ness a la Jodeci and Seal, that it does feel like a serenade. Late is out now via Secretly Canadian records, and I saw it featured on Spotify for those who like to take tunes down stream before purchasing.

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