“Outstanding soul vocals”— The Telegraph
"Sly, Curtis and even Prince are all present in spirit" — Brighton Source
Seany Clarke is a British singer-songwriter whose music is as independent-spirited as it is sweet to the ear. His unique blend of soul, indie and funk has drawn comparison with songwriters such as Shuggie Otis, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Elvis Costello, but with his own audacious 21st century twist.
“Outstanding soul vocals”-The Telegraph
Seany's debut album 'I Can Resist Anything But Temptation’ was released on 19 February 2016. Entirely self-penned, self-produced and self-played, it gives us post-modern soul for the listener who likes their grooves smoked, cheeky and easy.
The title is a paraphrase of an Oscar Wilde remark with Seany offering a dark twist to its connotations of self-indulgence: “Sometimes the things you can't resist are the things that make you sick”. It’s an album about misplaced desires, disillusionment and self-destruction but with a sunshine zest that belies its subject matter. At its core there's a call to break the circle of self-harm and a dream of moving on, moving forward. Lyrically inspired by Elvis Costello, the message rides a casual ‘70s-flavoured upbeat mood, taking listeners back to that era, like a time-travelling fusion of ‘Summer Breeze’- era Isley Brothers and Rumer.
"Classy 21st century pop with a soulful undertow" - soulandjazzandfunk.com
Seany Clarke is promoting the album in 2016 on a support tour with Jo Harman at venues such as Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London, and Exeter Phoenix. These gigs see Seany’s stripped-back acoustic versions of songs from the album.
Originally from London, Seany started life as a rock drummer/guitarist but would soon establish himself as an acoustic singer-songwriter, gaining confidence by busking on the London tubes. “I'd get a lot of attitude from small minds because I sang like an indie kid”, says Seany. “I was into the Jam, for instance. People are far too complex to be controlled by stereotypes.” He became a regular performer at London venues such as Spits and the Kashmere club supporting the likes of Kiki Dee and Nick Heyward. By this time he had already moved to Brighton, but no sooner had he done so than he found himself hiking to Liverpool to record his demo material with Boo Radley’s bassist and drummer Tim Brown and Rob Cieka.
“Sly, Curtis and even Prince are all present in spirit" - the Brighton Source
Soul became woven into the rich tapestry of Seany’s music. He began producing his own material as well as pulling his weight as co-writer-singer-guitarist for Catskills Records’ soul, funk outfit Hardkandy, playing a major role in their superb ‘Last to Leave’ album, as well as being bass player for Gut Records’ indie sensation Chungking. With both bands, and as a solo artist, he played major British and European venues and festivals. The Telegraph remarked on Seany's “outstanding soul vocals” for Hardkandy in it's review of the 2005 Encompass festival, London.
'I Can Resist Anything But Temptation', was mainly written in the tranquillity and solitude of his beloved campervan. “It's my thought-mobile, my wagon of contemplation”, says Seany. “I remember coming across Oscar Wilde's quote, ‘I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation’ - it just got me thinking about people’s misplaced desires and habits. In our search for perfect happiness we jack up on the drug of materialism or pursue a kind of love that will always be unrequited. On the surface of things, beauty is skin deep. There's no heart”. Seany sings these sentiments without the application of too much face-powder and lipstick music production. “I'm not trying to make waves with my sound,” he says, “but if I can burst a few preconceptions and raise some spirits along the way, that’s where the real rewards are.”