****written, arranged, performed and mixed by Clark & The Community****
LO-FI for the sake of authenticity.
"Is this Soul music? Rhythm and Blues? Jazz? Electronica? Gospel? Avante-Garde? One could argue for all of the above but it seems more fitting that this music from The Devotion Demos remains in its own league. (Glappitnova)
After a close listen to the project, It's pretty clear that this 24
year old, singer/songwriter "rose up and out" of the oh so important roots of the black church. As a result, he left with a newfound faith within himself and "whatever force that keeps this world spinning."
Originally from San Francisco, California, Chris Clark (Clark & The Community) attributes the majority of his growth and inspiration to the streets of Chicago, Illinois. After interning at local studios and indie labels as an off-and-on resident of the city, he moved to New York to pursue a career as a songwriter.
"I did what I thought was the responsible thing because I was tired of being broke. I lived to make music but I never thought my own voice or music would make room for me, so I thought that writing pop songs would secure some sort of future. That was crap and I'll probably never do it again," retorts Chris Clark who goes further into explaining his disdain for commercial music.
While writing and recording references for others, he begin to record his own sketches, rants, and ideas that would later become The Devotion Demos. After walking away and into the illusion of opportunity, he landed in Denver, Colorado where he would re vamp and re discover these pocket-sized recordings.
"I never intended on releasing any of this stuff to anyone. I felt
shitty. I recorded, I felt better and I moved on. I sat
for days and listened to records that inspired me and found myself recording to them. I wrote a lot of poetry in that time and those poems became songs."
The Devotion Demos is a tipping point for Chris, who refers to the
project as his personal confrontation with the past and present. It
was the growing pains and harsh realities that sculpted song titles
such as "O. Blige" and "Naked" which preserve an undercurrent of self destruction and the romanticism of said destruction, while others songs, "Grow Me My Lord" and "Greener" give a glimpse of recovery. He pays homage to these growing pains by taking on the name 'Clark & The Community'.
"I most definitely acknowledge and appreciate the relationship between normality and madness. “The Community” stems from an exaggerated state of mania I was in when I recorded the Devotion Demos. I chose to honor and surrender to the voices in my head, almost like confronting and embracing disorder. I feel as though that relationship can definitely be heard in my music.
Ultimately, The Community” is an ode to the ego and the artist. I’m very temperate in nature but my imagination is pretty loud and abrasive, so allowing myself the room to create through this character(s) was the natural thing to do"
Chris's whereabouts are often unknown but he resurfaces with new music and new stories to share with the world as is, with no apology or forewarning.
"If you're not evolving, you're not living. I have my good/bad days. I even have my great days, but I strive to have a different day with a different joy and or struggle. Stagnation is my biggest nightmare so at the end of it all I am DEVOTED to learning and evolving in life and in death. The closing track (on the project) "Devotion (Evening Song)" makes all of that clear."
released July 18, 2014
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