Artist: Paul J. Clark
New Release: Afterglow
Genre: Alternative rock
Located in: Nashville, TN, USA
This song is about the longing to return home while searching for the fulfillment found in the responsibilities of life. Inspired by the Voyager space probe, the golden record it carries containing a time capsule of information about all of us, and a picture it took of Earth from over 4 billion miles away.
Written in the first person from the perspective of Voyager (a satellite of sorts), it’s an abstract metaphor grounded in very real human experience. This song is heavily influenced by the sounds from the ’90s. There are two conflicting emotions battling for resolution throughout the song. This is reflected in the song instrumentation and structure. It combines driving rock guitars with symphonic instrumentation to effortlessly weave together genres into something both nostalgic and new. Musically, it brings to mind guitar-driven songs from the likes of Collective Soul, Linkin Park, Train, Weezer, and Tom Petty.
Working with a Producer..
After years of being self-produced, this is the second track that I hired a producer for. It’s also the most produced track I’ve done. The track was produced by Jason Germain, a seasoned artist and industry insider. It took us an entire year to create “Afterglow.” Both of us have other day jobs and we wanted to take as much time as needed to put on tape what we heard in our heads, without compromising on quality. Having a producer to guide and shape every aspect of a song has been a game changer for me. It’s helped me realize a vision that I couldn’t have achieved on my own.
Right now, I’ve launched my latest single "Afterglow" and working on that promotional effort. That song could have gone in a different direction. From the start, there was this sort of split personality intrinsic to it, one a slow classical piece and the other this big rock song. To paint a picture of an alternate version, I’ve pulled out some of the string arrangement and piano from the track and released an instrumental version called, “Afterglow Symphony.” I’m also teaming up with a group of songwriters with diverse musical backgrounds on a collaboration project. We're still in the exploratory phases of the project but I'm excited to see where it goes.