WATCH! This: Charlie Clarke, Ex Mogwai, Arab Strap, Snow Patrol, Is Now Out On His Own
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It’s a long way from the Outer Hebrides to Los Angeles- infact we can’t think of two more different places but Charlie Clarke has made the journey and is breaking through with his delicious folk fused music.
Clark was a founding member of the criminally overlooked band Astrid, who released three full-length records, including 1999′s sophomore lp, Strange Weather Lately, which was produced by legendary musician, Edwyn Collins. Clark was also a core member of the Scottish “supergroup”, The Reindeer Sec which featured members of Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines. Clark has also appeared as a guest vocalist and musician on records by The Zephyrs, Arab Strap, Mogwai and Snow Patrol.
For his debut solo record, Charlie Clark has hooked back up with Edwyn Collins, whose AED label who released the Feel Something ep on July 22nd 2013. The five song record features the talents of Brandi Emma, Eric McCann (who also produced the record), Isobel Campbell, Yohei Shikano (My Hawaii), Kaitlin Wolfberg (Fort King) and Joe Luisi (A House For Lions). Feel Something shows off Clark’s keen ability to write a smart pop song, but the Scottish songwriter has been absorbing the sunshine and laid-back vibes of his adopted home.
Clark will be performing regularly throughout the west coast of the U.S. the second half of 2013, along with a run of European dates, that are currently in the works for 2014.
“Directed by Paul Orehovec, whose award winning feature film “I Am Death” is currently on the festival circuit.”
Charlie says ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ is definitely the most positive and hopeful song from the EP I released last year and was one of the first songs I wrote for the record. It’s a song about freedom of fear and genuine acceptance.’
We said ‘His recordings are full of beautiful, haunted melodies and stripped down plaintive acoustic beauty. Feel Something follows the themes that have dominated his musical journey so far but with the added sunshine and smog of LA mixed into his muse’
This is the third in a series of five videos shot by director Paul Orehovec. Paul just finished his first movie “I Am Death” which also features ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ on the soundtrack .
‘Don’t Let Me Down’ is the first to have a solid narrative as the other videos have contained themes but are a little more surreal. Paul came up with the concept for this video and it was shot over 3 days in Laurel Canyon and at The Bronson Caves in Griffith Park. The cave we actually used in the video is most known for being the entrance to the ‘Batcave’ in the Batman TV series.