Scene and Heard – CCCLXXIV : Love Is – Clarity  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

36874906_627293007654810_701800658348539904_nIf hardcore was defined by loud and aggressive acts sonic defiance, then post-hardcore bands found other, more intricate and dynamic ways of blowing off steam and that is certainly apparent in Clarity’s music. Love Is is a perfect blend of the weight and drama of alt-rock and the hooks and melody more often associated with indie bands. And it is their ability to walk this fine line that enables them to create music which is both cool yet commercial, heavy yet accessible.

Previous songs such as In The End might show their fuller, unreconstructed rock ethic at work but Love Is proves to be a much more interesting concept, one that swerves generic expectations and swathes itself in everything from hazy electronica and math rock complexities to deft and dexterous uses of dynamic via calculated lulls and soaring crescendo. Volume and drive might be the go to weapons of the old rock and roll fraternity but Clarity show that you can do just as much with texture and sonic intricacies, by the clever interweaving and layering of the instruments and, most of all, knowing exactly when to take the foot off of the accelerator.

This is the perfect example of the post-genre world at work. Rock, probably more than any other genre, was always a place of absolutes. A place where the rules were well know and those rules were important. Clarity, in this one song, show that those days are over and that rock bands, along with every other genre, are free to experiment, free to skirt around the edges of other musical styles and sounds to create forward-thinking music and write songs that keep things fresh and moving in the right direction. In fact way not just consign the whole idea of genres, labels and musical pigeon-holes to the scrap heap of history. 

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