Following the release of his split 7″ last week, lo-fi dream artist His Clancyness has revealed a brand new video for lead single “Carve A Peach.” Watch the beautiful, bleached-out video at Vimeo, directed by Giulia Mazza. The track is taken from his recently released limited edition split 7″ with Shimmering Stars by up and coming Oslo-based label Splendour, who previously put together an of Montreal/Casiokids release for Record Store Day this year. Stream the 2 out of 4 tracks from the 7″ here.
His Clancyness, aka Jonathan Clancy, is a native of Ottawa, Canada who has taken up residence in Bologna, Italy. His music has been described as “…a tender, clean, and consoling collection of snug little dream-pop blankets to ball up in, marked by gliding harmonies into which Clancy injects his rich, wistful sigh. These are not songs that demand a great deal of insight. In fact, there’s no need for understanding at all; the simple arrangements and heartbreak hooks bypass the nerd-centres, burrowing straight through the chest only to manifest themselves two minutes or so later as lumps in the throat and knots in the stomach. (Altered Zones/ Pitchfork).”
Clancy is also the frontman of A Classic Education (Lefse) and has released a number of great records as 7″s, cassettes and CD-Rs. Splendour are proud to become a part of this rare and eclectic discography with the singles ‘Carve a Peach’ and ‘Don’t Worry, Just Understand’.
Shimmering Stars are a three-piece dream pop act from Vancouver, BC, Canada, contributing “Not Growing Up” and “Greyhound Romance” to this 7″. The music attempts a re-drawing and illumination of the subtle darkness inherent in the seemingly wholesome, innocent music of the 1950s and 60s. The result filters older influences like the Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, Phil Spector, and Bo Diddley through a contemporary indie lens. Songs about being in love, not being in love, the painfully modern condition of floating in a state of suspended adolescence – all tinted with the slight self-deprecation of knowing how trite it is to be writing songs about these things at all. The band began as a recording project in Spring 2010. After stumbling upon some old live footage of the Everly Brothers, frontman Rory McClure holed up in his parent’s garage in Kamloops, British Columbia to record the first demos. That first recording environment rendered Shimmering Stars’ distinctly dusty atmospheric sound and established a conscious insertion into the garage music continuum. They released their debut LP on Hardly Art in the US and Almost Musique in Europe this September.
Splendour was founded in 2011, releasing records by Siinai, of Montreal, Casiokids, Brad Laner and more. They’re an independent sister company to the management and booking firm Upfront Artists, which handles Lindstrøm, Serena-Maneesh, Diskjokke and Jaga Jazzist among many others.