Out September 11th; L&E Media Co. & Bloody Ground USA) Releases video for the excellent “Don’t Have You” (see below)
After breaking onto the scene in 2010 with his critically acclaimed STRIPES, R&B artist Steven A. Clark bares his soul with his follow up album Fornication Under the Consent of the King (out September 11th on L&E Media Co. & Bloody Ground USA). Representing his progression in both his musical and personal life, Fornication Under the Consent of the King showcases a new level of maturity in his songwriting. To commemorate the announcement of the album, we are sharing the video for “Don’t Have You,” which just premiered on OkayPlayer. Directed by Unkleluc, Steven A Clark discloses that the “song is a confession to my ex, it’s all the things I didn’t say to her when I had her.” The video represents Steven moving forward in his life by burning the memories with her from his past.
Alongside Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, the Fayetville, North Carolina native is a top forerunner in the Future RnB movement, spearheading a confident and new type of indie-rock and hip hop infused rhythm and blues that belies their young age. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Clark’s songwriting reflects his absolute acceptance of the effects of love, including the adoration and despise, bliss and pain, and drinking and drugs. Building on the self-produced, written, and performed sound of STRIPES, Clark takes his synth-kissed sound one step beyond, cutting away niceties and digging into the core of his personal afflictions with F.U.C.K.
“F.U.C.K. means a lot as far as saying f*ck a lot of things I don’t agree with. But for the most part, it’s f*ck love, f*ck relationships, f*ck some of these girls. It’s a lot of sh*t,” bemoans Clark. “I just got out of a relationship that had been long-term, and I don’t know. It’s kind of like the first thing that comes to mind when you break up with somebody.”
The sentiment shines through on “She’s in Love,” a storytelling tale of a girl who misplaces her affection for Clark on the city. He roughs it up on album single “Don’t Have You,” a darkly veiled letter to his ex where he wails about moving on from his past, which resulted in his ex cutting off all communication after hearing the demo. Compared to his breakout 2010 debut STRIPES, Clark reaches new emotional highs – even more than his genre contemporaries.
“The records now are a little deeper, more personal, and more raw,” explains Clark, whose love of The Neptunes, Sade and Boyz II Men shine through on his eclectic compositions. “I guess R&B was missing something, but I think things are happening the way they’re supposed to. As our influences change, the music will, too. It was only a matter of time.”
Indeed, Clark is adding some needed seasoning to R&B, handling his own production, songwriting and recording. Like his peers, the musical artisan croons gut-busting lyrics about his personal life. But it’s his artistry that’s more vast, incorporating rap, R&B and funk into his skin-burrowing confections.
Trace it back to his matriculating at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, where he found solace in relationship therapy through singing. He put collegiate life on the backburner in his junior year, chasing his musical dreams down to Miami where he cut his teeth working in a professional recording studio and set initial groundwork for STRIPES. But it was when he began recording F.U.C.K., that he finally learned to let go.
“There is no philosophy; it’s a feeling. I’m making music that feels good and natural to me,” he says. “I want people to know that good music is a feeling and it’s raw and it should always be that way. It’s personal, it’s tough and it’s just simply good music. That’s what I want people to take away from it: that it’s good sh*t.”