Clanklin – Oath EP

If you’re a fan of somber folk music then you will go crazy for Clanklin’s (aka Clara Miller) new EP ‘Oath’.

Without even noticing you will float through all five tracks. Gently positioned guitar will guide you along, with dancing piano and mournful strings passing your ears every once in a while.

The first two songs, ‘Graveyard’ and ‘The Shins’, have a slightly (but only slightly) more upbeat tone than the other three tunes. Following this is the title track ‘Oath’, which pairs Clanklin’s tender vocals with a sweet piano melody that sits nicely at the halfway point.

Paying tribute to the great Bob Dylan, Clara has included a cover of his song ‘One Too Many Mornings’. I have to say, she does Dylan justice with her own reverberated spin of the track.

You might argue that Clanklin sounds vaguely familiar to someone like Phoebe Bridgers, and you wouldn’t be surprised if Bridgers dropped this EP tomorrow. However, I don’t see the harm in this. Artists have similar sounds all the time, and what Clanklin has done is shown that if Phoebe Bridgers can do it, she certainly can too.

What is impressive, and what Clara must be credited for, is how well-rounded and put-together this EP is. The consistency of feeling throughout cannot be missed. It is carried through right up until the end of ‘Watch Song’, the final tune to round it off.

The New York singer-songwriter dangles the emotion in front of you like you would a carrot to a donkey, and you just can’t help but fall for it. Whether you’re usually a fan of folk music or not, I would recommend this EP to anyone who wants a peaceful 20 minutes any day.

That being said, it would be nice to hear Clanklin mix up her sound in the future to show off what else she has in her bag. I’m sure she could do plenty more than the melancholic acoustic vibe of this EP. It is clear that she has talent, I just hope she shows us more of it.