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Ellipsis

by Zac Clark

pop-rock/indie rock.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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1. On My Way
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2. Welcome Back
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3. The Way it Sounds When No One's Listening
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4. Amelia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Zac Clark keeps moving.* Shortly after the release of last year's solo full-length, Faking Amnesia, during a string of shows to promote the album and amid favorable reviews, Zac had already begun laying the groundwork for what will ultimately become his sophomore release. Constantly writing, recording, and performing, Zac rounded out 2005 with well-attended shows around the Burlington, VT area, including appearances at some of the region's most celebrated nightclubs. It was then that the eighteen-year-old retreated into Strangeways Recording in Burlington, with producer Mike Poorman (ex-Hot Rod Circuit) and a talking replica of Master P at the helm for a batch of demos for the new record, which, like Faking Amnesia, finds Zac playing every instrument. Instantly catchy and accessible, yet interesting and edgy at times, a glimpse of the new material is finally here. Released in June 2006, Ellipsis reveals tighter arrangements, bigger production and has been declared "even bouncier" than Faking Amnesia by Brent Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press. Hailed as a "top-flight pop-rock piano player" by the Free Press and "Burlington's piano man" by Seven Days, you won't want to miss out on Zac's blend of piano pop sensibility with indie rock and punk influences.

*In a dinosaur-like fashion, according to some who have witnessed his running form on the streets of Northern Vermont.


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Casey Rea

Destined for big things...
Burlington-area pop singer-songwriter Zac Clark seems destined for big things. Blessed with a laser-sharp ear for melody and considerable keyboard chops, it's easy to imagine him becoming a national name. His latest EP, Ellipsis, follows up his full-length debut, Faking Amnesia. In between releases, the young musician honed his skills through regional performances. Judging from his current offering, it was time well spent. Those with an aversion to sweet-toothed tunes might want to sit this one out. Fans of Ben Folds, Elvis Costello and "The O.C.," on the other hand, will find plenty to enjoy. Expertly recorded and mixed by Mike Poorman of Burlington's Strangeways Studios, Ellipsis is packed with hooks and heart-on-sleeve poetics. The disc kicks off with "On My Way," a slinky number featuring electric piano, handclaps and a muscular bass line. Clark makes the most of the stripped-down arrangement by emphasizing his boyish vocals. "I just want to get stuck in your head and be the kind of melody you can't shake," he sings in the opening verse. Done and done. Clark is a keen balladeer, as "The Way It Sounds When No One's Listening," ably showcases. The track features only piano and Clark's emotional tenor, which provide more than enough melodic material. "This is malfunction, this is failure to reciprocate / The feelings manufactured by machines / Can you see through them? / Their illusions are obscuring every scene," Clark sings plaintively. "Amelia" is the catchiest song on the disc. It also features the most bells and whistles, from drum- machine breakdowns to gurgling synth tones. Such sonic add-ons will likely sound dated within a year, but for now, it works. The EP wraps up with "Stay," a piano meditation filled with wistful romantic musings. Youthful Clark is incredibly good at this kind of thing, but I wonder how much of it comes from personal experience. Either way, it's a lovely cut. If Clark continues to explore the big'ol world beyond Burlington, he'll no doubt become successful. Hopefully this won't change his approach to song craft, which is refreshingly unpretentious.

Burlington Free Press

Strong songwriting, fluid piano playing, and keen sense of melody.
This five-song EP might be even bouncier than the Essex Junction native's full-length 2005 disc "Faking Amnesia," but "Ellipsis" still showcases Clark's strong songwriting, fluid piano playing and keen sense of melody. It has its sprightly moments, but Clark also knows how to write a ballad, as the pensive "The Way It Sounds When No One's Listening" and "Stay" demonstrate. "Welcome Back" is a highlight, with its lively pace and teen-angsty lyrics ("Do you remember the nights when the stars were all we had/And going nowhere didn't seem so bad?").

Goot

Awesome CD..
Zac is gonna be famous very soon.. watch out