Mick J. Clark – “At Last”


A timeless-sounding appeal, with twangy guitars and responsive vocal backings, enamor on “At Last.” Croydon, UK-based singer/songwriter Mick J Clark concocts a throwback, melodic charm throughout, alongside a lyrical introspection regarding the plight of “how breathtakingly bad some human beings are in this world,” per Clark. He continues: “I used to say to my kids ‘one cuts the cake in half and the other one chooses the half that they want!'” — an apt quote representing inequality apparent throughout the world, often at the unfortunate expense of children and the innocent.

“At last, the cinematic tale of how the human race can fail,” the vocals begin, stirring alongside a mellow backing arsenal of piano and twangy guitars. The added vocal — “can anybody hear them crying out for freedom?” — emphasizes the impact of terrible imprints of humanity, particularly bomb-dropping and wars. The poignant lyrical introspection and warming, nostalgic production mark another success for Clark, whose discography boasts an abundance of classic-sounding successes.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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