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Alex Clare: The “Too Close” Artist Falls Short In Williamsburg

Alex Clare: The “Too Close” Artist Falls Short In Williamsburg

That freaking Internet Explorer song… It is half-dubstep, half-indie rock, and fully contagious. Google it and you will find that the man behind the beat is Alex Clare, a British singer-songwriter that played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday, December 12. 

That freaking Internet Explorer song… It is half-dubstep, half-indie rock, and fully contagious. Google it and you will find that the man behind the beat is Alex Clare, a British singer-songwriter that played Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday, December 12.

Clare has an interesting background. For one thing, the Londoner is an Orthodox Jew. In 2011, Clare seemingly sealed his fate after turning down a tour with Adele due to concert dates scheduled on the Sabbath. This decision, as well as disappointing responses and numbers to his debut album, led to the artist to getting dropped from the Universal Island record label.

And then came “Too Close.” The song moved Clare onto the US Billboard and onto the radar of anyone with a television.

The popularity of “Too Close” explains how a relatively unknown artist like Clare filled the Music Hall of Williamsburg. And, having one hit generally goes hand-in-hand with an audience that only knows that one song. But, Clare turned out to be more than that for his fans, bringing in people that knew every lyric to every track that was sung.

The majority of the music was a mix between bluesy soul and dance pop, sort of a less powerful Black Keys-meets-indie pop.

Clare also drew a large amount of fans in yarmulkes, Jewish guys extremely eager to sing along with this Orthodox singer. As someone who converted in his early 20s, Clare is an artist who found himself in religion, and this passion is reflected in his fans.

While the attendees were hugely involved and clearly happy, the concert failed to sell me. Clare’s pop-indie-blues is nothing that new, and while his voice is nice, it doesn’t really stay with you. “Too Close” is clearly the shining star off of his album, The Lateness of the Hour. It is also the most dubstep-saturated of the tunes; none of the other tracks are as beat driven, which is disappointing.

An afterthought: I would be interested to see where Alex Clare heads in the future, if he is able to grow as an artist and to expand past his Internet Explorer fame. It is nice to know that he has such diehard fans, and I appreciate that he has not let his fame change his beliefs.

Photos by Melodysiac © 2012

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victor

December 20th, 2012

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