Sunday 29 November 2015

David C. Clements - My Dear Mother

Well, this return sure was a long time coming. The last time that Belfast based singer-songwriter David C Clements graced us with new recorded music was nearly four years ago near the beginning of 2012, although he's been active live locally in the intervening period. According to someone on Twitter, the reason for being so low-key is because he "prefers making buns." Whether this is metaphor for something that cannot be described, a euphemism for for something that can (albeit not in polite company), or that he genuinely prefers baking is unclear.

But no matter, for after an extended break that would even make Stereo MCs say to themselves "speed up, old chap", he has released a brand new single/E.P as the first release from his upcoming album. And if "My Dear Mother" is an indication of what to expect from it, that we're going to have a great album on our hands. It's a song that mixes an anthemic modern folk sound with a glam-rock stomping beat and overlain by Mr Clements' heartfelt vocals. Welcome back, David.

"My Dear Mother" E.P is available as a free download, containing the lead track, plus a few live and alternate takes of crowd favourites, as well as a Neil Young cover. He headlines The Empire, Belfast on December 21st.

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