Greg Clifford – Long Lost Friend
Ultra-talented Dubliner soars on tasty new single.
Part of the appeal of Greg Clifford’s music is that it mirrors its creator very closely. It’s genuine, humble and delivered with the utmost charm and creativity. The music that Greg writes has the hall-marks of a tried and tested master.
While it’s plain to see that this man is sitting on a goldmine of talent, what strikes me about Greg Clifford is how refined his tastes are when it comes down to composing. It’s true that Greg’s music is rooted in indie-rock but along with that his recipes are beautifully spiced with a drop of soul, a dash of the blues, and more than a hint of classical awareness. Like a master chef, Clifford has the uncanny ability to whip up a dish that appeals to all tastes.
Greg’s style is an authentic synthesis of Indie-pop rock fused with electronic aspects and ‘classical’ guitar fingerpicking. He cut his teeth touring all over Ireland both on his own and as part of a 3-act showcase called the ‘Back to Basics Tour’ bringing acoustic music to the masses.
Aside from his solo endeavors, Clifford works as a session musician, producer, and arranger. He has also toured internationally with a classical guitar ensemble, scored for the RTE Concert Orchestra, and holds a Masters in contemporary composition.
His albums ‘Quodlibet’ and ’20/20 Vision’ have won Greg widespread acclaim from the Irish music media and set him up as an artist on the brink of pushing into the mainstream.
This brings us to 2021 and a new musical adventure about to start. The crowd is gathering, places are set, and with the latest single ‘Long Lost Friend’ Greg Clifford is cooking with gas.
The song kicks off with a silky and shimmering picked guitar part where Greg gets to show off his patented virtuoso style. We are then treated to the smoothest of refrains, one which I guarantee will take up residency in your head once you’ve heard it.
The well-placed saxophone flourishes pop up in the right places to add some major soul to the second verse before Greg sets us up for a big finish with some perfectly punctuated heavy guitar strumming. The final stretch of ‘Long Lost Friend’ places this belter of a song squarely in the anthemic territory with a thrilling, Gospel-style choir of voices, as Clifford emotively stretches out his vocal cords for a glorious big finish.
There are various strands running through ‘Long Lost Friend’ which call to mind the more chilled side of Stereophonics, the solo work of Sting, and maybe even Mark Knopfler. Make no mistake though, this is the sound of an artist who has found his own musical identity and is displaying it proudly.
On this single Greg strikes an utterly composed and confident figure, as he indulges in his mastery of a sultry and soulful sound. It’s a deeply satisfying piece of music that gets the measures just right with some expert musicianship, catchy lyrics, and top-notch production. Clifford has crafted a great song here, one that serves as a tantalising taste of things to come for an artist that is swiftly on his way to becoming the musical equivalent of 5 stars, Michelin certified.