STEVE CLARK - PAINTING SONGS
"Steve Clark ... he's a versatile one-man band, creating music that ranges from art-rock and new age to avant-garde. His story-telling concept albums have wonderfully witty tongue-in-cheek lyrics, embedded in elaborate "proggy" arrangements."
- Sven Schreiber
"Great job Steve. If I thought that Peter Hammill was the most underrated musician in the world... where am I going to place you? Most under-underrated?"
- Armando Gallo ( journalist, photographer )
Steve Clark was raised on a healthy diet of ‘70s rock music (via his elder brother) and classical music (via his father). This is probably why his musical output often ranges between both genres, and it’s sometimes hard to predict what’s coming next.
Born in Australia, Steve is a versatile artist whose talents encompass music, art and film. He likens composing music to painting, as he developed many of his ideas about art and music whilst completing a Visual Arts course in his late teens.
“Music and art are much the same. You’re free to start with an idea or simply experiment with the medium. You layer the paints (instruments) and work on the composition until complete. The contrast, dynamics and other elements are expressed in the artwork or song. It can be abstract, impressionistic or photo-realism…any style you choose. Within the creative process of composing, the final product may not be what you had in mind at the start. However, sometimes amazing things happen by chance, or is it fate? Herein lies the wonder of creativity.”
Steve’s albums often showcase original artwork and the videos he produces also reflect these same elements of visual design.
His first album ‘Ghostflyers’ was released in 2010. A strong emphasis on ‘telling a story’ through lyrics in an important aspect of each work, and this album is no exception. Since then he has continued to release albums in a variety of styles, ranging from progressive and art rock, to folk and instrumental.
See ‘album notes’ from links in the ‘Discography’ to gain more insights into the work of this evolving and highly original artist.