The Clear – America [REVIEW]
Today I introduce to you Sheffield trio The Clear who have just released their new single America ahead of their debut album due later this year.
From the start we are greeted with a warm and leisurely guitar riff which resonates the technicoloured sound of psychedelic rock group The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, think the early drug music of the 60s and 70s.
The lyrics are dreamy, respired and pensive, speaking of a certain nostalgia for the American dream:
“Come to America, take a chance on life / Change the way you breathe. I have often heard the stories and the dreams about you / I have seen your silver stars / And you are, dear America.”
As for the music video, it plays on this obvious subject of being high, moving the audience as though on a plane through the top of what we assume is America. It also draws on the nostalgia for the idealism of the new world with old footage taken from ads and TV. Towards the end we hit the long road, as it were, to wherever we’re going.
The song is a great laid-back tune which which exudes a hazy summer day vibe and is a beautiful start to their forthcoming album.