Charlie Clark has played with enough Scottish musicians to be elected to Parliament without relying on a vote from a single stranger. The well connected Scottish troubadour has performed or recorded with members of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai, The Zephyrs, Arab Strap, Snow Patrol, and The Vaselines. Go ahead and read that sentence again, but don’t let Clark’s resume overwhelm you. In this business, you’re only as good as your last release.
Lucky for us, Charlie Clark’s latest EP, Feel Something, is definitely up to snuff. Though now living in Los Angeles, Clark retains the mournful charm and clever honesty that is so indicative of late century Scottish indie. More folk-centered than his above mentioned colleagues, Clark isn’t afraid to open up the EP with a straightforward pop rock number. Folky verses giving way to bigger and more driving choruses steer Feel Something through it’s five tracks. The give and take of folk influence and rock influence is central to a very interesting finished product. Punctuated by the elegant harmonies of Brandi Emma, Feel Something is a true gem.