‘Radical Vulnerability’: A New Music Direction Created By CLAY

Their newest single, ‘Artery,’ is a perfect representation of a soul-searching sound.


Raised in San Francisco by a community of her parents and their friends. Inspired by Erykah Badu, Paul Simone, Lauryn Hill, and a multicultural diversity of her home city. Unafraid to get political in her songwriting and to call out Donald Trump. CLAY, a queer biracial woman and an extraordinary artist, has just released their newest single ‘Artery,’ the first offering from her approaching project, ‘Breathing Into Bloom.’

‘Artery’ encompasses contrastive feelings of both happy and sad. On the one hand, acoustic guitar, unhurried bassline, and CLAY’s soothing vocal breathe space and light into it, turning ‘Artery’ into a song, perfect for a road trip or a walk down a beach. However, the tack also unfolds a story of heartache, loneliness and goodbyes, described by CLAY as ‘potent and deeply painful truths.’

She doesn’t want to reveal more, though. ‘That’s one of the main reasons why I love making art so much. Leaving space for interpretation, space for others to fill up with their own stories, heartbreaks, experiences, etc. Once a song has left my body it no longer belongs to me, it never really did. I am simply a vessel,’ they argue.

CLAY also coined a term ‘radical vulnerability,’ which perfectly captures her uncompromising and honest emotional expression and their ability to depict pain in bright colors. ‘What I present to the world is light. Light that I don’t always see reflected back at me when I look in the mirror, but one that everyone seems to notice. I think this song is a good example of that juxtaposition. Heartbreaking lyrics living in a beautiful, airy, sunny, bright sonic world.’

‘Artery’ and its radical vulnerability by CLAY are out in the world. More coming soon.

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