‘Clanky Love’ is the perfect sequel to first single ‘Midnight’, taking the moonlit soul and burgeoning hope of its predecessor and spinning it into a modern love jam. “At the dark end of the lullaby there’s a garden and a waterslide”, Royce promises over rousing piano stabs and a delicious cacophony of fuzz-laden guitars and clattering percussion, that magnetic voice perfectly meshing with the skewed, multi-layered production that he is known for. Remixes are set to come from Jamie Lidell and Compton White.
Characterized by clever lyricism and a depth that belies the artist’s years, The Ashen Tang is a magnetic debut from someone who has been working behind the scenes for a number of years, honing his talents with a stint in Jamie Woon’s band before working with the likes of Ninja Tune’s Jono McCleery, Rosie Lowe, Kwabs and Denai Moore on their own material, co-writing Kwabs’ new single ‘Perfect Ruin’ and the title track on Denai’s recent debut Elsewhere, all the while working on his own dazzling solo material.
Last year’s Tonight Matthew and Rover EPs saw him step out from behind the curtain and win support from a host of tastemakers including Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mary Anne Hobbs and Mistajam, Nowness, i-D, Clash, Q, DIY, Pigeons and Planes and The Guardian.
Both ‘Clanky Love’ and recently premiered album track ‘Bees’ will be available as to instantly download when the album is pre-ordered.