Published Mar 17, 2015Having spent time as a sideman for the likes of Timber Timbre and Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Shawn William Clarke felt it was time to branch out on his own in 2010. Since then, he's released two full-length studio albums, including last year's critically acclaimed William.
Exclaim! TV recently caught up with Clarke and his backing band at the Wavelength Pop Up Gallery, hosted by Steam Whistle Unsigned at Toronto's Huntclub Studio. It was here that the group performed "Sound of Ticking and Tocking," a tune taken from the man's aforementioned sophomore LP.
Clarke starts the performance with a fingerpicked melody that soon gives way to a steady drumbeat. Exhibiting soft, pleasing vocal harmonies, the solid support from the backing band moves the piece into a tasteful accordion solo. Clarke shows off some guitar chops of his own with a brief acoustic solo section, effectively cueing a tempo change and instrumental harmony between six-string and accordion to close things out.
Watch the performance from Clarke and company in the player below.
Filmed by Katherine Kwan and Roberto Granados-Ocon
Audio provided by Kyle Laurin
Edited by Katherine Kwan
Filmed at the Wavelength Pop Up Gallery at Huntclub Studio in Toronto, Ontario
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