Up-and-comer Young Clancy is yet another graduate of the Toronto music scene, bringing his particular brand of simplistic neo-soul to headphones in his debut EP Yung Prince of the Basement just under three weeks ago. The cool, composed production of the project rings out as a testament to Clancy’s ability in the studio. The three song EP is concise and eloquent, adding yet another polished piece to Toronto’s burgeoning indie scene.
Yung Prince of the Basement exemplified Clancy’s chops in the studio; he breezes the three tracks with a languid, relaxed style that is still pointed and precise. Clancy, however, brings us more evidence of his ability with a live cover of the point track on the EP: “Always Have.” Stepping away from the sibilant synths and electronic production that the studio version brings out, the live cover puts us the singer over a minimalist, self-performed Wurlitzer as he sinks into the track and the harmonies. Clancy is vibrantly understated. Barren of the chopping that was such a focal point of the original track, “Always Have” is a different song live.
Young Clancy’s voice is rising above the clamor of artists in the Toronto underground scene. Check out his live rendition of “Always Have” and stream Yung Prince of the Basement on soundcloud below.