Richard McCarthy, aka Clevenger is poised to present his latest full length LP in over two years. The aural aesthetic of “Breaking” is a sublime mix of heavy bass, layered synths and effected vocals; leading the listener to something akin to a waking dream with its familiarity and dissonance.
“‘Breaking’ can be such an ambiguous term. You can ‘break’ under pressure; you can also ‘break’ away from negativity in its different forms,” he explains. “This record, lyrically and musically, was an earnest attempt to explore this duality. I feel it is a relatible topic, just because of how broad a meaning it can convey. Everyone can apply it to themselves in their own terms.”
He continues. “From a young age I sought solace in music; my influences were vast I suppose in terms of genre. Whether it was the hypnotic headspace of trance, the emotive catchiness of bands like Radiohead or the gritty realism of hip hop; I would always find artists that spoke to me with conviction. That connection made me feel more comfortable in my life and in myself. Somewhere along the way it became an inner mantra to try pass that sentiment and experience on as best as I could. Thus Clevenger came to be.”
With a musical career spanning genres from punk to acoustic and over 4 years audio/studio production studies; it is McCarthy’s technically nuanced attention to detail that truly propels “Breaking”s underlying themes of personal evolution and evaluation to the fore.
“Life is raw,” he concludes. “It’s visceral yet we all share common ground; all trying to navigate it and make sense of this shared experience in a digital age. This album is electronic based, but there’s a rawness to the vocals and lyrics to juxtapose that. The live shows are audio/visual, with live vocals and its that emphasis on human experience that matters the most to me.”