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Gary Clark Jr. announces ‘JPEG RAW’ with lead single ‘Maktub’

todayJanuary 29, 2024

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Gary Clark Jr. announces 'JPEG RAW' with lead single 'Maktub'

Four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. has surprised fans with a sneak peek at his latest musical endeavor, offering four dynamic new studio tracks from his eagerly awaited album, “JPEG RAW,” which will be released on March 22 through Warner Records. His track “Maktub” is a captivating entry point and is now available for listeners worldwide.

Gary Clark Jr., renowned for his blistering guitar skills and soulful vocals, now embarks on an audacious sonic journey with “JPEG RAW.” The album reveals an assertive new chapter in his musical narrative, melding many influences into a singular, harmonious expression. The new tracks spotlight a sophisticated and adventurous Clark as he intertwines elements from diverse genres: African rhythms, World Music, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Hip-hop, and Blues—an amalgamation of sounds that have informed his past explorations, now fused with unprecedented unity.

The lyrical content is as compelling as it is varied, with Clark tackling deeply personal subjects and social issues with unapologetic clarity. He sings and delves into rapping and spoken word, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Further enhancing the experience, the album employs an enthralling blend of modern groove and psychedelic vibes, overlaying his signature rock foundation with hip-hop beats and anthemic choruses.

“JPEG RAW” defies the constraints of modern music categories with offerings such as the title track, “This Is Who We Are,” “Hyperwave,” and the expansive 10-minute odyssey “Habits.” Even more intriguing is the inclusion of a duet, “What About The Children,” with the legendary Stevie Wonder— a track that bridges generations and genres, with Clark’s gritty guitar and rhythmic sensibilities giving it a contemporary edge.

This new album follows the success of Clark’s 2019 effort “This Land,” which saw critical acclaim, chart-topping success, and three Grammy Awards. As if further proof of his artistic breadth was needed, Clark recently demonstrated his talent on screen, portraying blues icon Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup in the eight-time Academy Award-nominated film “Elvis,” directed by Baz Luhrmann.

In addition to his acting pursuits, Clark took on the role of Music Director during Jon Stewart’s reception of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, curating the musical lineup and performing a stirring tribute at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall—an event televised nationwide on PBS.

Tracklisting:

  1. Maktub
  2. JPEG RAW
  3. Don’t Start (feat. Valerie June)
  4. This Is Who We Are (feat. Naala)
  5. To The End Of The Earth
  6. Alone Together (feat. Keyon Harrold)
  7. What About The Children (feat. Stevie Wonder)
  8. Hearts In Retrograde
  9. Hyperwave
  10. Funk Which U (feat. George Clinton)
  11. Triumph
  12. Habits

Written by: Tarik Moody

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