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Cautious Clay debuts “Wildfire” video, Deadpan Love out 6/2



“intricate love songs that dig into the nuances of love and relationships.”—NYLON

“[Cautious Clay’s] dynamic songwriting and R&B-tinged indie-pop have become staples of the multi-hyphenate’s unique sound, making him one of the most sought-after collaborators around.”—Past

May 20, 2021—Celebrated singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay debuts the video for “Wildfire” today—watch the Colin Read-directed (Radiohead, Danny Brown, Glass Animals) visual here.

“Wildfire” is the latest single from Cautious’ long-awaited debut album Deadpan Love, out June 25 via The Orchard.

“As an artist I often feel pulled in many directions and obligated to fulfill expectations of the many facets of myself and my music,” says Cautious. “It can feel like a struggle to be fully seen, and there’s an anxiety around reinventing oneself to stay true to oneself. This video attempts to capture that collection of feelings—on display to the world, trying to put on the right face.”

Furthermore, Cautious will make his live return at this summer’s Lollapalooza, July 29-August 1 in Chicago. More shows are to be announced soon.

Deadpan Love, which includes previously released singles “Karma & Friends,” “Roots,” “Dying In The Subtlety,” and “Agreeable,” wraps influences from R&B, hip hop and indie pop in Cautious’ trademark sophisticated songwriting and jazz- and blues-inflected instrumentation. The album finds Cautious collaborating with a host of notable co-writers including Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele, HAIM), Jim-E Stack (Caroline Polachek, Empress Of), Daniel Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, FINNEAS), Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Kelly Clarkson), Ammar Malik (Maroon 5, Halsey) and Sir Nolan (Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez), plus a collaboration with Chicago rapper Saba.“

Deadpan Love explores the ways I cope with the worst of what humanity has to offer,” says Cautious. “It’s about opposites—having an outer layer that’s tougher, this ‘deadpan’ state, and an inner layer of compassion, where you’re open to being there for the people you care about. It’s this warring compassion and cynicism that has empowered me to express myself through this medium.”

Cautious Clay is currently filming the second season of the critically acclaimed Forest Whitaker drama “Godfather of Harlem.” Reprising his role as the leader of the Geechee Band from the first season, he will appear throughout the season and is working on original music for the show.

Since the release of his breakout debut single “Cold War” three years ago, 28-year-old Cautious Clay has been on a whirlwind ride. He’s released three EPs—Table of ContextRESONANCE, and debut Blood Type—that have earned critical praise from The New York TimesThe New YorkerNPRTIMEComplex and many more. His songs have soundtracked key scenes in films like Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart and TV shows like Issa Rae’s “Insecure” and Selena Gomez’s “13 Reasons Why.” He was enlisted personally by FINNEAS for a remix of Billie Eilish’s breakout “Ocean Eyes,” his music has been sampled by Taylor Swift (Lover), and he’s written songs with John Legend and John Mayer. His recent single “Cheesin’” saw him link up with a who’s-who of next generation talent—Claud, Remi Wolf, Still Woozy, Sophie Meiers, Melanie Faye and HXNS—to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Cautious Clay currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.  


1. High Risk Travel

2. Shook

3. Karma & Friends

4. Strange Love (feat. Saba)

5. Box of Bones

6. Agreeable 

7. Dying In The Subtlety

8. Why Is Your Clay So Cautious? 

9. Artificial Irrelevance

10. Whoa

11. Wildfire

12. Spinner 

13. Roots

14. Bump Stock

Starting On: June 2, 2021
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