Clay Joule’s “Drifters” Is Feels Drenched Blues Ballad
New York based musician, Clay Joule, returns with his signature style of blues based rock delight with his latest blues rock single, “Drifters.” Clay effortlessly has created a sound that is uniquely his own. While being a master blues musician and guitarist Joule has been a prolific rapper growing up in the NYC area. His “Nothing Like You”, was a tasty twangy indie folk rock track. Clay is diverse and can easily wade through genres with ease.
With “Drifters” we get a slow-paced ballad with an alluring, steely tone and enough juice to captivate the listener. The tasteful use of blues and pentatonic-based guitar licks, coupled with Clay Joule’s emotive vocals and melancholic lyrics, makes this song a joy to savour. The sweet backup vocals by Elisa Mammoliti add a strong layer to the song’s production.
With its tight vocals, well phrased guitars, and mesmerizing overall composition, I am impressed with the raw power and emotional content of the song. A tasteful infusion of blues immediately bring to mind some of the classic tracks from that era. It reminds us of the kind of music we used to hear on the radio while driving or at a coffee shop.
The deceptively simple format of the 12 bar blues has been and continues to be adapted and used over time magnificently as Clay Joule has done. The playing and production add to the song’s mood and amplify the emotional impact. Clay is able to connect with his audience through his songwriting and playing. “Drifters” is a catchy and rich adut contemporary blues rock composition that should definitely be on your playlist.