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His Clancyness : Vicious

Born in Ottawa, Canada and now residing in Bologna, Italy, songwriter Jonathan Clancy has lived in twelve different cities in various countries, and with each address has come a new opportunity for reinvention, to don a new mask and develop a new persona. The latest of these is His Clancyness, an escapist alter ego allowing nice guy Clancy – also vocalist with A Classic Education – space to vent his frustrations in musical form without having to worry about offending anyone in real life. Hence the title of his second album Vicious (out October 8 via Fat Cat), although any bad vibes here are hidden pretty well: recorded with live bandmates Paul Pieretto (bass) and Jacopo Borazzo (drums) and produced by Chris Koltay (Liars, Atlas Sound, Akron/ Family), the emphasis is very much on bright, breezy indie pop with winsome melodies, jangling guitars, shimmering synths and propulsive, Krautrock-inspired drums coming together in a way that recalls first wave punks like the Modern Lovers as well as later arty oddballs like Swell Maps and Gastr Del Sol. It’s classic American college rock with a European edge, or – if we’re being pedantic – the other way around; listen to “Zenith Diamond” below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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