Photo by Joyce Lee

Imagine knowing someone who has the dedication and willpower to write a song a day for four years. Well, Max Clarke, the prolific Brooklyn musician behind Cut Worms… he knew that guy. Instead of completely resenting his friend – a former roommate – for his hyper-diligent work ethic, Clarke was inspired by him. He vowed to devote at least an hour a day to making music, ultimately releasing two songs per month and building an enthusiastic, loyal fanbase.

His first official EP, 2017’s Alien Sunset, was recorded on an 8-track, which lends to the album’s granular, musty sound and highlights the simple elegance of bendy acoustics and nostalgia-fueled vocals. Clarke recorded most of the album on his own, and after Jagjaguwar got wind of the 60’s pop-inspired ballads, they offered to re-release it.

Now we have “Cash for Gold,” the first music video off the upcoming debut album Hollow Ground, directed by Elizabeth Skadden. Max appears in the video, anxiously wandering around the New York City waterfront, stumbling over himself, comedically trying to charm a woman while also questioning his own sense of self. He wails on the harmonica, juxtaposing upbeat melodies with lo-fi instrumentals, creating a jangly garage pop ballad that is emblematic of his musical sensibilities.

Hollow Ground was recorded at the LA studio of Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), and at NYC studio Gary’s Electric with Jason Finkel. Clarke is currently touring with King Tuff in support of the album, which is set for a May 4th release. You can catch Cut Worms in LA on June 7th at the Teragram Ballroom.

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