Cautious Clay unpacks the complexities of love in a pre-V Day Free at Noon - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

“Love is just passion with a four-letter name,” sang Cautious Clay in today’s Free at Noon performance from his Brooklyn apartment.

Opening on “Dying in the Subtlety,” the song featuring that pointed lyric, the Ohio-born singer-songwriter’s five-song set cycled around the L-word — a perfect theme in advance of Valentine’s Day — but not exactly in the swoony, smitten, bubblegum kind of way. Instead, he offered a look at romance and its complexities, delivered via his resonant voice, an acoustic guitarist, and an occasional flute accompaniment.

Cautious Clay | still from video

Rendered as suave acoustic pop, Clay’s songs cut to the core while also giving us a beat and a melody to grove to, whether singing “I don’t wanna be in love” just before diving into a flute solo on “Joshua Tree,” or punctuating “Agreeable” with the lyric “Doing anything and everything possible / if you start a fire stop drop and roll.”

Cautious Clay’s full-length debut is expected later on this year; in the meantime, peruse his back catalog at his website, and watch today’s Free at Noon concert via NPR Music Live Sessions below.

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Dying in the Subtlety
Joshua Tree

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