Emerging Artists #43 – His Clancyness

November 12, 2012 by  

We recently headed down to Electrowertz in Angel to watch new dreamy act His Clancyness support Lotus Plaza. If you have never heard of him, His Clancyness is the solo project of Canadian-born, Italy-based songwriter Jonathan Clancy, previously-known for fronting Bologna’s A Classic Education (Lefse). Jonathan makes beautiful dream-pop under his new guise, and has released split singles with the likes of Shimmering Stars (Hardly Art) and The Babies (Vivian Girls/ Woods).

His Clancyness will be playing a free gig today at The Rattlesnake in Angel, go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

You were born in Ottawa and raised between Canada and Italy, do you think that your travels are reflected in your music?

I think roads have molded me, travel is my dreaming landscape, I almost feel like it’s my only security. Missing a place and a city is for me a feeling that rivals love in intensity.

What’s behind your sound and how did you come to it?

It’s taken me years to figure out how I wanted my music to sound, it’s like placing a collection of a million thoughts in order.

So you’ve been working with Chris Koltay (Lotus Plaza, Atlas Sound, Akron/ Family) for the debut album, how did that happen?

I met Chris at a show in Detroit and immediately felt a musical connection, he’s one of those guys that i think has a sense for timeless non hype music and I liked that. He’s also the most tender hearted guy in Michigan.

Where was your first show and what was it like?

My first ever show funny enough was with akron family, it was weird, first and one of the only times i played sitting down. I felt so unnatural. I like though that feeling of unease.

Any interesting tour stories?

I once saw a falling star directly from the stage of the outdoor festival we were played. That song instantly became instrumental. I lost the words.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?


Your previous stuff was released via Cassette Tapes, any reason for that?

It was pretty random but i must admit that those songs recorded at home on a computer got the warmth they needed when listened through the tapes.

What do you like most about your newest songs and if you were to recommend only one song to someone who hasn’t listened to it, what would it be ?

I like the fact that they are pop songs with space, intimate and not epic. I would play ‘Progress’ to someone.

Dream collaboration?

Scott Walker.

What’s up next for His Clancyness?

First proper album out, then our own brand of apples.