Gar Clemens comes from South Chicago in the US, and with his acoustic guitar and lullaby voice, he delivers a singer-songwriter vibe with an unmistakable country influence. This soulful singer brings us a mix of country and folk with narrative, pleasant melodies and a soft, sweet voice in his album Onion Eyes. Released in December 2013, you can listen to Onion Eyes here.
If you like a slow song, like I do, this album is for you. As you listen to it you can find yourself becoming lost in your own thoughts. His lyrics are sombre, honest and self-reflective, portraying a raw honesty that is arresting and mesmerizing. Some of the tracks I would pick out as my favourites would be ‘St. Anthony’s Pawn Shop’, ‘Jacquie Lee’ and ‘Onion Eyes’. Parts of different songs become ethereal and atmospheric with humming backing vocals and echoing notes.
Undoubtedly, this album is somewhere between the genres of folk and country and stands on its own as a solid collection of songs. The style and sound is similar to the music portrayed in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and if you enjoyed that film then you will appreciate Gar Clemens’s album Onion Eyes.
There is a variety of elements that all add something to the album; Gar Clemens incorporates guitar, percussion, piano and harmonica into the mix, making the album stand out as more than simply a man and his guitar. Onion Eyes has been carefully constructed and offers us a dynamic listening experience, drawing us into a world of wistful contemplation and guiding us to explore our own thoughts as well.
Listen to the album here.
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Watch the video for ‘St. Luke’s Little Summer’ below
Watch the live video for ‘If The Bar Never Did Close’ below
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