Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins, natives of Yukon, Oklahoma, have been making music together since high school. After relocating to Nashville in 2005, the band formed a relationship with Grammy award-nominated producer Brent Milligan and eventually began work on what would become 2008’s Vapors. The record received a warm response for its clever use of lo-fi instrumentation and unpretentious blend of vibey pop and ambient rock.
Since then, Clemency has returned to the studio with Milligan to create their follow-up, My Heart is the Eastern Horizon, which released Jan. 3, 2012. The five song EP finds the band at their honest best, a collection of songs simple in construction yet rich in texture and meaning. With this project, the band desires to move beyond the traditional listening experience and has developed a concept film around each song.
“The videos really add another level to the imagery of the songs,” says vocalist and guitarist Jason Watkins. “We have worked really hard to not only capture beautiful shots for these films but also to tell a compelling story in each one. We can’t wait for everyone to see them.” The films released in the same order as the EP tracks, the first in June with a subsequent video each month up to the EP’s release in January 2012.
The duo’s sound has grown and is full of presence, dynamics, and tone; Clemency creates music with awesome ambient guitar riffs, driving grooves, and strong choruses. Their lyrics are positive and meaningful, showing the importance of hope, love, and faith.