WATCH: Steven A. Clark Shares Emotional “Can’t Have” Video

The lead single from Clark's debut LP, The Lonely Roller, gets its own clip.

What Steven A. Clark does is difficult to classify. Sure, “Can’t Have,” the lead single from his debut LP The Lonely Roller, skitters along on machine-built drums and is spangled by sparkling synths, and Clark himself croons and ad-libs expertly. But it lacks a certain something, the ineffable, showy confidence that undergirds Drake, say, or The Weeknd, even at their most vulnerable. You don’t get the sense that Clark is playing a character, or that he’s terribly interested in the way he comes across. Calling it R&B seems inaccurate, but calling Clark a singer/songwriter seems reductive; troubadours rarely know their way around an 808. His non-performative heartache in “Can’t Have”—and the way he haunts the video’s main characters as they fall in love and subsequently grow apart—grant the song a subtle emotional twinge that’ll threaten to wreck your Tuesday morning. Give it a watch below.

Clark also announced a run of dates with Sinkane, which kick off on November 10 in Philadelphia. Those dates are below.

November

10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
11 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
12 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
13 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space
14 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
15 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
18 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground
20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café
21 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
22 – Cincinnati, OH
24 – Columbus, OH
25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

The Lonely Roller is out September 18 on Secretly Canadian.

 

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