TABLES TURNED: Cautious Clay Names 5 Influences for His Avant-Garde EP, ‘Blood Type’

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Cautious Clay’s intricately layered sound has garnered him significant attention from some of the industry’s most well-known tastemakers, such as Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden. Now, his recent album Blood Type fulfills the promise that was evidenced in his earlier releases, succeeding with raw lyricism and outstanding production value that envelop the listener in his innovative soundscape.

The 24-year-old artist is a jack of all trades, well-versed in the flute and saxophone, as well as several other instruments. Before bringing his own name to the forefront on the new project, Cautious Clay worked for years as a producer, honing his sound before adding his own voice into the mix. His extensive skill set allows him to take a DIY approach to his music, retaining full creative control over his releases.

Blood Type is understandably cohesive, with each song hinting at a larger setting rather than a stripped down, intimate performance. Clay’s genuine songwriting allows the music to connect with his audience, distorting his relatable lyrics into the swirling production.

We caught up with the multi-talented musician to discuss a few artists who have inspired his sound, read on to see who he named.

Injury Reserve

They have a very freeing style of production/songwriting that I like for similar reasons that I like Brockhampton.

Outkast

Their album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is a timeless project to me. 

Princess Nokia

I like the content of her lyrics: personal and unique without be forced and too obvious.

Jay Rock + Kendrick Lamar

The word play on this song specifically I really like there is somthing about it that sticks with me.

Joni Mitchell

Love her range and songwriting style. Her career has also spanned into a variety of styles jazz & folk.

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