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Smartly poetic ’ 60s classicism from Brooklyn singer-songwriter.
With a name derived from a line of William Blake poetry and having released an EP that included a reworking of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell, it’s clear that Max Clarke is operating at a fairly intellectual level. Fortunately, his music doesn’t require an English literature degree to be enjoyed. Clarke specialises in a woozy ’ 60s classicism that has echoes of doowop, pre-Rubber Soul-era Beatles and ’ 70s Beach Boys. The songwriting is so atmospherically pitch-perfect that you can’t help but be pulled under by the sweet melancholic drag of songs such as Don’t Want To Say Goodbye and Like Going Down Sideways. Quietly intoxicating, it’s equal parts brain and beauty. Listen To: Don’t Want To Say Goodbye | Like Going Down Sideways