The simplicity and, dare I say, perfection of Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay always ambushes me. Eef recently stopped by the NPR Tiny Desk offices to perform four songs, and I find myself cueing it up on repeat today.
The NPR intro completely nails what makes Clem Snide special: “As a general rule, Barzelay doesn’t get enough credit: He may be the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor, and his live performances convey a kind of awkwardly fidgety fearlessness. He’s a disarming performer: He can seem above it all, until he hits an emotionally devastating kill shot when listeners least expect it.”
Eef Barzelay on NPR
[setlist: “With Nothing Much To Show Of It,” “Something Beautiful,”
“We Are Flowers,” and “Denver”]