Win The Secret Verse CD Stream by Chris Cleverley Music News
Emerging Three Counties songwriter Chris Cleverley is part of a new wave of pioneering artists who are forging an uncharted path across the UK acoustic landscape. Endorsements from The Times, The Telegraph and BBC Radio won him FATEA magazine’s ‘Male Artist of the Year’ award, fueling his upward trajectory. His first new music in nearly three years features an unprecedented new sound combining elements of Lo-Fi Folk, Ambient, IDM and Dream-Pop ushering in a bold new artistic era for him. It’s an album of total rebirth and reinvention.
Produced by Reveal Records artist John Patrick Elliott (The Little Unsaid), the album’s vibrant and uplifting feel creates immediate associations with Indie greats Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers and Elliott Smith, while the echoes of Aphex Twin and Jóhann Jóhannsson reflect eclectic influences. Cleverley’s characteristically complex fingerstyle guitar underpins bold experimental production. Ambient electric guitars, synths, samples and programming combine to push the boundaries and shatter expectations of contemporary acoustic music. Lucy Farrell (vocals, The Furrow Collective), Rob Pemberton (drums, The Staves) and Lukas Drinkwater (bass, Emily Barker) further embellish this rich mosaic of sonic textures.
It’s a two-part album, holding up a mirror of both the immense beauty and the profound sadness of our modern world. As dreamlike melancholy intertwines with an unshakeable sense of hope, she is primed for the deeply conflicted emotional landscape of the 21st century. Like most of us, Cleverley has spent the last two years watching the ups and downs of humanity. As inspiration for this album, he set out to weave the two together with jarring and unflinching honesty:
“We live in an era of unprecedented global change. It would be wrong to water it all down, but we also need to tap into the deep well of beauty all around us to maintain an even keel. To be realistic, we need to explore both sides of the coin. »
Cleverley’s raw, visceral lyrics and strong social conscience have earned him a loyal following, amplifying the collective consciousness of delighted listeners, with songs about mental illness, gender inequality and privatization becoming a soundtrack to the last decade of British life.
Fearless, liberated and unapologetic, his new work continues that legacy. Various topics include pervasive artificial intelligence (A Prediction Algorithm), charter cities (Paradise), climate/nuclear emergency (Still Life), and mass displacement of people (The Center Cannot Hold), while carefully highlighting the transformative power of deep interconnection with people and nature (Heraklion, if I had listened). Though unafraid to dabble in gloom, Cleverley is always measured, always keen to offer a wholesome antidote and a serene, meditative balance.
“Broadcast The Secret Verse” is an album about saying the things that need to be said in the time we have. Sometimes abrasive, sometimes exhilarating, but never in between. It’s a contemporary, fresh and innovative offering for the rapidly evolving 21st century songwriting scene. The perfect companion for our head-turning modern times.
November sees a month-long album release tour across the UK, including 3 full band performances with John Patrick Elliott, John Parker (Nizlopi), Graham Coe (Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys) and Kathy Pilkinton (Said The Maiden):
08.11: Wrecking Ball Arts Center – Hull
09.11: The Hug & Pint – Glasgow
12.11: West End Arts Center – Aldershot
18.11: New Brasserie du Lion – Totnes*
19.11: The Slaughtered Lamb – London*
20.11: Hare & Hounds-Birmingham*
24.11: The Rose & the Monkey – Manchester
25.11: The Gathering – Ennerdale
27.11: Music on the levels – Bridgwater
01.12: Colchester Arts Center – Essex
*With full band
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