Since the age of fifteen Carl Grocutt-Clarke has innate instinct to play music. It didn’t take him too long to join a band and start singing. After some success with a couple of bands that had radio play and touring, he wanted to explore a solo career. His recent effort entitled The View is a six-song EP that is grounded in rock/pop and has an undeniable hopeful vibe.
The songs aren’t the most technically impressive in the world and for the most part revolve around simple chord progressions and 4/4 time signature. That being said these are poppy songs good for singing along with and I would also argue in turning a frown upside down.
The EP opens with “Inner Light” which contains a forward moving momentum and is a highlight. Grocutt-Clarke has an aesthetically pleasing voice and prefers lyrics that have simple, straightforward language. The song never leaves the energy it finds about ten seconds in. There is a catchy chorus but no real lulls or breakdowns.
Per the title “Photo In My Mind” has a more nostalgic vibe but still feels incredibly hopeful and upbeat. He sings, “I see a photo in my mind it reminds me of a time left behind.” Up next is “The View” which has a slight country vibe. The organ is a nice touch. Grocutt-Clarke occasionally indulges in platitudes. He sings, “So don't be sad, life's never that bad.”
“Reason and Rhyme” is the most rocking song on the EP while “You’re All That I Want” is a melancholy ballad about true love. He closes with a palatable single worthy song entitled “Bright.” The music on The View feels more destined for mainstream radio than to having a home in the underground. There's nothing wrong with that but the commercial viability for these songs to be played on FM radio feels inarguable.
I don’t think it will take you too much time to figure out if Carl Grocutt-Clarke has the type of music you are going to enjoy. Take a listen and make a decision for yourself.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook