Over the past year we’ve seen this Ohio native gain traction in the music scene. Complex said, “There’s something special about him, and he keeps revealing new layers to his creativity that continue to pull us in.” He even earned a guest appearance on John Mayer’s Instagram livestream show called Current Mood. Cautious Clay‘s latest release is a 6-track EP titled Table of Context.
Context feels honest and stays aligned with his other discography. Vocal harmonies and soulful melodies line each song like pouring honey in hot tea. “Settler’s Paradise” feels the most R&B while “Honest Enough” sounds like the standout song off the EP (in my opinion). The desk on the cover of the EP is the actual desk Cautious has written all of his music, it literally serves as his table of context.
Check out my short and sweet Q&A below:
“Honest Enough” feels raw and real. What inspired this track?
“My past relationships, or my last long term relationship inspired it. It felt like, in many ways, I was trying to keep it together without it necessarily being what was the best for both of us at the time. I’m almost telling myself that I was trying to be honest enough when in fact it wasn’t that way. I was trying to make excuses for something that wasn’t really working.”
How has your life changed in the past year due to the uphill success of your music?
“Occasionally getting recognized!”
What inspired you to include so many background vocals and harmonies in your music?
“I just love harmony and I think it’s really interesting sounding. I guess it’s my background in jazz and instrumental music.”
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
“A lot of interesting touring, music videos and some cool collaborations.”
“Reasons” feels different from any other Cautious Clay song. It’s lined with exuberant hip-hop elements; starting with a deep guitar riff then swiftly back into a rhythmic beat. Keeping his harmonic background vocals and soaring alto notes as he croons about making mistakes, changes, and being honest.
“I did it all for the no, I did it all for the no good reasons, I said it all for the need, I always knew you would change like seasons” Clay preaches on the chorus. “Reasons” is edgy and urgent, unlike the slower yet philosophical themes of Clay’s previous work.
The Brooklyn-native is working on an EP to be released early next year.
Cautious Clay’s new EP, Blood Type: After releasing several killer singles, an EP is finally here! Featuring the enticing stand out track “Blood Type” that fits in so well to Clay’s already eclectic sound.
Post Malone’s new single feat. Ty Dolla $ign, “Psycho”: Malone recently announced a North American tour this summer with 21 Savage, and “Psycho” is just the celebratory start. The Syracuse, NY native croons over a hip-hop beat yet again, while Ty (fellow rap-singer) cleans up on the chorus.
“Need A Man” – The Venus Project: The second track off this female-led venture, is just as powerful as the first single was. Important themes of resilience and power come through strong on “Man”.
“Hills” recorded at Spotify Studios NYC: This acoustic diddy, just further proves Petras’ voice is a pop dream. High notes seem like the easiest notes to hit for this German born singer.
Troye Sivan: It’s like he had his yellow dress moment. He busted through the big doors and strutted out of nowhere like the Queen B herself. Sivan’s explosive single, “My My My” melted pop fans faces everywhere. You can feel the freedom from the first note of the chorus. In the music video, Sivan spins in circles and struts around flailing his head in pure bliss and fresh happiness. Bleached hair and cuffed jeans are his new aesthetic – a pop dream, if you will. Sivan hinted that this album is his best music yet.
Ansel Elgort: There’s nothing he can’t do. Elgort has always been unique when it comes to music. “Home Alone” sparked his entrance into the EDM/pop world, but now, latest single “Supernova” proves his hip-hop/rap elements are here to SLAY. The lyrics seem to mumble out of his mouth in a sultry yet enticing way. Production is through the roof intense, and the lyrics are storyteller perfection.
Cautious Clay: Promising a full-length this year, Clay is a genre all his own. Pulsing electro pop with a bit of folk, soul, and so much more. It’s hard to describe, but easy to feel. Latest single “Juliet & Caesar” proves to be another symbolic track. Shortened lyrics make for epic affirmations said in the most poetic ways; “Honesty is still the route, we respect only doubt, cus we falling either ways we down and out.” Be on the lookout for more Cautious Clay this year.
Justin Timberlake: “Filthy” marked the pop king’s return since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. Different is an understatement. This new JT floored me – I didn’t like it at first listen. But then I listened again, in the car, in my headphones, at the gym. The beat is epic and the sound is so unexpected. It feels new, fun, and a little dance-y. A little bit Daft Punk, a little bit Justified. I expect the new album to feature more surprises that’ll leave you just as floored as I was.
At just 24-years-old, Cautious Clay has laid out his territory for music lovers everywhere to hear. His production is high, while the aesthetic is enlightening beyond belief. His first single, “Cold War” has complex yet enticing lyrics. Josh gently sings, “Yellow tinted lenses and a pink gelato, fallin’ out the window, hit me back tomorrow.” With a voice reminiscent of a young Frank Ocean, Clay is one to watch making fans instantly attached.
Since its release, “Cold War” has nearly 700k streams on Spotify. It’s also received attention from numerous playlists including Pop Chillout, Fresh Finds, Weekly Buzz, Alternative R&B and more. Indie Shuffle says, “This is about as close to an angel as you’ll hear in the modern context.” AGREED.
Josh plays several instruments including, flute, sax, keys, bass, guitar, and drums, as you can hear on his latest single, “Joshua Tree.” He opened up to Pigeons and Planes about the meaning behind the song; “‘I don’t wanna be loved’ in the chorus is how I feel trying to have personal goals in life while also loving someone; feels really hard to do both. I am Joshua so a ‘Joshua Tree’ is like my growth in life so the song is exemplifying me.” The heavy chorus makes you feel other worldly, religious, and somewhat saved. A sound so modern and refined it makes you wonder where it’s been all this time.