‘Tantalising and wonderfully lo-fi, it provides balmy respite from the never-ending bleakness of January.’
Intro to Young Clancy
Like a lot of musicians, Toronto hailing Young Clancy took a while to find his place. In high school he bounced from band to band, playing bass or occasionally guitar. Then a bit later he began tentatively adding songs to Soundcloud. Now though he has truly come into his own. Teaching himself music production and finally making the music that he wanted to hear, his more recent releases have seen him produce bold and confident tracks with real substance. Citing inspirations from Neil Young to Kanye West, in the build up to his forthcoming album, ‘Something Something Tape’, Young Clancy brings us the latest addition to his short track release campaign. Impactful and woozy ‘Might Could’, which features fellow Canadian singer Chris Larocca who he also collaborated with on 2020’s track ‘Dead’, is sure to gain a position on curated playlists just like that previous release did.
Coming in at just under the two-minute mark, ‘Might Could’ is most certainly a brief track. But in it being tantalisingly and wonderfully lo-fi, it’s also one that provides balmy respite from the never-ending bleakness that is January.
Opening with vibrant twanging chords that instantly create a hazy, summery mood, the gentle nature of the track is established quickly. These are then joined by Larocca’s smooth, dreamy vocals. Floating lazily like a buoy bobbing on a calm sea, it’s the perfect pairing to the wavy instrumentals. There’s a pensiveness, almost a bittersweetness too, but as Larocca projects the line ‘I wish I could be strong but my heart gets weak and lazy’, the glossiness comes forward. Working with the hypnotising fading chords, it’s almost meditative. This here is the perfect sonic depiction of what others have affectionately referred to a ‘rough pillowy music’. Carrying a production that’s gritty yet floaty, Young Clancy’s musicality complements the wispy harmonising vocals wonderfully.
Changing direction toward the end of the track, a psychedelic-tinged instrumental outro sees hints of other musical explorations that may be on the way emerge. A look to future releases perhaps. Here though, with reverberating drawn-out chords quickly changing pace, the listener is brought out of their reverie. In such a short track, it’s an impressive textural change, and one that maintains the musically mellow undulations while keeping the energy flowing right to the end. Most definitely catching our attention, Young Clancy really should be on your radar too.
Full feature by Ella McLaren