Let me start off by simply saying that ‘Life is Wonderful’, the new album by Clark Twain, is deliciously diverse in every way shape and form. Almost to the point of pure genre hopping. And that, to me, is what makes the album, released today, such a wonderful find for any album collection. Clark Twain seamlessly jumps from style to style and pulls it off with an earnsety and sincere style that it doesn’t come off as convoluted or contrived but simply as a collection of really good songs from a talented artist.
As of November 16, ‘Life is Wonderful’ is available via online stores and streaming platforms. CDs are available exclusively at live shows. Already now, you can find several Clark Twain singles on Spotify and iTunes, as well as Bandcamp. Twain’s album release show takes place at Austin’s Spider House Ballroom, supported by Dayglow, The Oysters and Lainey Gonzales tomorrow (November 17, 2018).
Album release show details:
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 9PM Central Standard Time
Where: Austin’s Spider House Ballroom
Address: 2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
Venue Phone: (512) 480-9562
Venue Website: https://spiderhouse.com/event/clark-twains-album-release
About Clark Twain
Austin-based indie pop artist Clark Twain presents his debut long-play ‘Life is Wonderful’, which releases on November 16, created under the influence of such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, Elliot Smith, the Flaming Lips, Ben Kweller, and John Mayer.
Ahead of the album release, Twain revealed several singles, including the latest shimmery jangle pop offering ‘Tiny Windows’, the serene pop song ‘Try Too Hard’ and the upbeat and positively infectious ‘Fly High (Like Richard Branson)’, accompanied by a fun, high-flying video was directed by Vanessa Pla.
Clark Twain is the solo moniker of Clark Nowlin, who began playing guitar at 10, cutting his teeth on Metallica and Nirvana covers with friends in the attic and starting his first band a few years later. He eventually quit his day job to fully immerse himself in the world of music “because the gig money put enough gas in my tank”. After touring and recording with Tim Halperin and Marshall Young for a few years and supporting various artists, he amassed recording gear, learned the ropes, and began producing various musical projects.
“I think of songs as little spaces. they are created to be visited: like a room in your house, a nook in your hometown, a store on your favorite street. you know where it is, have an experience with it, and can go back to it to wander around as often as you’d like. I hope these little spaces I’m creating provide some refuge, a place to dance, and maybe even a place to bring a friend and eat tacos,” says Clark Twain.
Clark dedicated a solid 6-month block of time to working on his new material, beginning in January of this year, and splitting time between Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Clark’s home studio in Austin, and in Denton, Texas with Brack Cantrell, one of Clark’s all-time favorite producers, who also mixed his new material. Mastering was performed by Jon Törnblom.
“If music is to serve any purpose, it’s to remind us that we’re alive and that we’re not alone. For me, making it is a sign that I’m alive. Connecting with it is a sign that this big mysterious journey called life isn’t new territory and that whatever situation we’re in – someone’s already been there and has made it through,” says Clark Twain.
SOURCE: Official Bio
Catchy, memorable, lively and positive… Clark Twain’s approach to classic pop stylings, combined with several innovations, puts him in a league above as far as debuts go… this is the kind of stuff that Virgin is now made of”
– Louder Than War
Clark Twain presents serene and harmonious pop-rock, laced with innocence and channeled through his prism of hope. This definitely leaves you wanting to hear more from the debut LP”
– Big Takeover Magazine
Brilliant pop with just the right amount of rock muscle.. It has the smoothness of the 60’s fledgling pop sound, the edge of New Wave, the underground vibe of the 80’s new pop sound and fits effortlessly into modern indie and pop movements. If that isn’t a definition of timeless music I don’t know what is”
– The Swindonian
Upbeat with a tad of twee mixed in with convincing surfer pop. Impressive guitar riffs and hooks, vocals and song construction as smooth as if Ben Folds himself had written it, albeit with guitar factoring more largely into the balance”
– The Spill Magazine
Twain’s sound is huge and ambitious. Within his songmanship and sound, you will hear elements of Eliiot Smith, Ben Folds Five, Wilco, Eels and Ben Kweller. You will also feel an astute sincerity… Very convincing with a level of optimism that raises vibes”
– The Record Stache