Stephen Clair The Presentation of Self in On a regular basis Life
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On his newest album, Beacon singer-songwriter Stephen Clair grabs an acoustic guitar, rolls in a not-entirely-tuned upright piano, and invitations you to tug up a stool and have a hearken to 11 of his newest songs. The Presentation of Self in On a regular basis Life is a stark and intimate affair, with nothing to sugarcoat the unadorned performances (every monitor on the document is a single, unedited take) or Clair’s unflinching lyrics, which dissect, skewer, and typically even have a good time the fantasies that we wrap our existences in.
Songs about social media are often an automated strikeout, however Clair hits one out of the park with “I Suppose You are Lonely,” an achingly beautiful meditation on the connection—and, in the end, the dearth thereof—between two folks on Instagram. “I Died on the Crosstown Bus This Morning” tells the story of a man whose temporary glimpse of a beautiful girl retains him obsessively using the identical line in hope that he’ll see her once more, whereas “Watering the Flowers,” “Tic Tac Toe,” and the mournful “The World Has Modified” discover the top of romance utilizing imagery that ranges from the mundane to apocalyptic. However traces of pure pleasure run by the album as nicely. “You Do Nothing However Good in This World” is a tune of awed appreciation for a pal or lover who by some means brings a cost of positivity to each interplay, and on “Pizza And Fairytales” Clair sings, “It is pizza and fairytales tonight/And I can not wait.” Me both, man.