Gavin Clark, and now forget every summertime hits

His music elevated my early work from student tat into something resembling art.” Shane Meadows, the director of “This is England”, refers to his friend Gavin Clark, a highly talented English singer-songwriter who sadly never got the recognition he deserved. Careworn but versatile voice, Clark soundtracked most of Meadows’ film and went through various metamorphoses: the folk bands Sunhouse and Clayhill, the heavy collaboration as guest vocalist with UNKLE, and his last complex project, a sort of conceptual album called “The Evangelist”. So precious and desolate his Smiths’ cover “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”. Gavin Clark struggled with depression and anxiety till his death in 2015, aged 46.
And if you’re wondering why engaging with sorrowful and whiny music instead of enjoying the sunshine and hot chicks, well, scientists have a response: it’s “the paradox of music-evoked sadness”.

I love beach music. There ain’t no other kind of music in the world that gives me quite the thrill.

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