So here’s indie rocker His Clancyness, the alias for Jonathan Clancy, born in Ottawa and dividing time between Canada and Italy. A beautiful vocalist with his dreamy, dazzlingly arranged debut album entitled Vicious. He considers Modern Lovers, Lee Hazelwood, Zombies, Swell Maps and Stevie Nicks some of his influences. “Safe Around the Edges” opens with quick guitar and drum beat with resonant vocals. Pulls you in immediately. A nostalgic-laden “Miss Out These Days” features a relaxed His Clancyness. But then on “Gold Diggers,” he’s speak-singing about money matters at times on this beautifully crafted song. When the speed picks up on “Zenith Diamond” it’s reminiscent of muffled punk-pop bands The Replacements and Sonic Youth. Something clicks for me on this one. It puts me in a content mood. His Clancyness conveys talent through diverse arrangements plus sensitivity and charisma with that soothing voice.
Release date: October 8, 2013