The formula for writing a great pop track is to really latch onto a solid melody; you don’t need much more than that to pull the emotional heartstrings of most listeners. And, when it comes to the work of Cut Worms, Max Clarke pretty much abides by this rule, though with an added element of artistic flare. This brand new track has the bare essentials, working with a nice strum and solid melody; it sort of has the feel of classic 60s pop songwriting. What’s most impressive are the elements that you’re likely to overlook if you find yourself immediately charmed…like the layers of extra guitar licks or the organ tinkering about in the distance. Whatever its is, it’s hard not to find yourself entranced by Mr. Clarke. And if you’re enjoying yourself, go check out his Alien Sunset EP on Jagjaguwar.
While I’ve admittedly been a really power-pop/indiepop state of mind, this tune from Cut Worms was able to make its way into repeated spins. Songwriter Max Clarke is said to have written this tune after the passing of Lou Reed, and I think Lou’s looking down with a grin. The slight quiver in the vocals really helps deliver that emotional pull, and I like the natural melodic turns that come with change of phrasing. Something nostalgic here, making me wish I was turning this up as I drove off into the horizon. Look for the Alien Sunset EP from Cut Worms on October 20th via Jagjaguwar.
Good news for people who like good music; Cut Worms has signed on with Jagjaguwar, helping to spread of Max Clarke across the globe. I appreciate the fact that while Clarke operates within the confines of folk, he seems to be approaching it in slightly different manner, something that sounds more orchestrated and grand than many of his peers; it just makes the whole composition sound more soulful, matched by Max’s voice. His debut EP, Alien Sunset, will be released by the label on October 20th.