Dirty Realism

by Clak

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Substantial living cost, I won't go outside But in this day and age I won't be denied The jungle still consists of rubbery trees It's just there's metal too, get over it please sending out smiles to catch an impossibly sweet tiger stepping out fires and the bland daily blends into my lighthouse eyes
click print: hurt save file: learn where's the wind? try again. you follow the line down the block around the corner past the mourner in the flower stamped dress, it's only noon, can you believe it happened yesterday? the ocean takes up half my sight, my entire right eye, and yet my lips are dry... so how the hell did I lose my way? clarity wasn't lost on me the sample size missed the breeze
i notice. 06:00
sinking ships don't fly so close to the sun and when I left I didn't mean to hurt dear sing dear find the glow in routine I notice the rain and the sun walking down stairs I find it's cooler there their hands met to write to you don't forget clouds ink black, then the space, then the Earth colliding elision of we sinking ships you're too soon become aloft aglow abundant, saturated the rain loves the moon the grass loves the sun
Here I am roasting in the flames I'll become something again I paint my face on skeletons I used to be a champion
Honey Jar 04:46
yellow lights flash through the air bubbles bring memories finding out about the time prescient prescient stepping inside coats come off sufficiently easy we could talk here quite some time fond smiles appear on your cheeks polished tree, no leaves honey jar freeze
Wool Mouth 04:42
Bottle of champagne and vodka too Shaking hand with youth I say goodbye Saying it's just tonight is a lie Might even whisper a soft 'thank you'


"Dirty Realism is the fiction of a new generation of American authors. They write about the belly-side of contemporary life – a deserted husband, an unwed mother, a car thief, a pickpocket, a drug addict – but they write about it with a disturbing detachment, at times verging on comedy. Understated, ironic, sometimes savage, but insistently compassionate, these stories constitute a new voice in fiction." - Bill Buford

Dirty Realism is the first record by Clak. It takes its name from the tone and inspiration of the literary movement, as well as from the direct and unedited approach to the album's making. Dirty realism is also the feeling of the world in which this record was made. The real is not something to be taken at face value, it is something worth describing. Call it what it is so that you may name it and know it, and maybe by doing that you can change it.


released March 19, 2020

Aaron Edgcomb, drums
Caroline Kuhn, vocals + banjo
Keisuke Matsuno, guitar
Isaac Levien, bass

Music and lyrics composed by Aaron Edgcomb (ASCAP)

Album Artwork by Omar Pierce

Honey Jar recorded on April 22, 2019 at WNYU
All other tracks recorded on June 12, 2019 at WNYU
Recording Engineer and Mixer: Jimmy Kavetas
Mastering by Shane Patterson
Thanks to Patrick Colabella at WNYU for the momentum
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Clak Brooklyn, New York

Clak is a Brooklyn based band that is all about the intersection of songs, and improvisation. Clak is also an onomatopoeia. Think high heels, tapping fingernails, the satisfying sound an idol of victory makes when you present said object to a detractor with a confident 'clak' on the surface in front of them. etc. ... more

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