“There’s something special about him, and he keeps revealing new layers to his creativity that continue to pull us in.” Complex
“Cautious Clay has the kind of voice that seems to emote and connect without effort; it burrows warmly into acoustic guitar melodies and floats atop more maximalist backdrops.” The New Yorker
“A self-indictment delivered like an R&B love song” The New York Times
“Josh Karpeh’s clever, smeared-out soul songs sound perfectly of their time, marrying James Blake-style atmospherics to frank examinations of love, friendships and fame. Performing as Cautious Clay, he’s a versatile, charismatic frontman and producer…” NPR Music
“Cautious Clay is a name you’ll want to keep on your radar.” Pigeons and Planes
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Cautious Clay unveils the video for ‘REASONS‘, taken from his new EP Table Of Context —watch here.
Directed by Haoyan of America, the video features Cautious Clay himself pole vaulting in a nod to his own high school athletic career and his attitude toward following your interests regardless of a “reason” or greater motive.
Cautious explains, “The video is set up kind of like a dream sequence that portrays a surreal picture of my day-to-day life as well as certain interests and things I’ve done like pole vaulting or swimming; with the centrifuge being my desk that I’ve made music at for the last eight years.”
Table of Context, Cautious’ highly acclaimed third EP, is out now. In addition to ‘REASONS‘ a collaboration with Tobias Jesso Jr. and Hudson Mohawke, the release features five additional tracks including “SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS” with UMI. The EP follows 2018’s Blood Type and RESONANCE. Further new music from Cautious is imminent.
In celebration of the release Cautious hits the road this summer with sets at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Governors Ball, Electric Forest, Lightning in a Bottle, Boston Calling and more in Europe and beyond. See below for full tour details.
Cautious Clay is 26-year-old Josh Karpeh. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Karpeh first found music through his training in classical flute, which quickly opened the doors of blues and jazz. In college, he added many other instruments as well as songwriting and production to his repertoire, and soon after began releasing music of his own. Now based in Brooklyn, he has toured the world over and collaborated and shared stages with the likes of John Mayer, Omar Apollo, Tayla Parx, AlunaGeorge, Petit Biscuit,Lil Silva and more, and his music has appeared on HBO’s Insecure. Watch Cautious perform a Tiny Desk Concert for NPRhere.
CAUTIOUS CLAY LIVE
May 2 – WTMD’s First Thursday Festival – Baltimore, MD
May 8 – Lightning In A Bottle – Bakersfield, CA
May 26 – Boston Calling – Boston, MA
May 31 – Governors Ball – New York, NY
June 2 – Best Kept Secret – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
June 6 – Northside – Aarhus, Denmark
June 7 – Sideways – Helsinki, Finland
June 9 – Parklife – Manchester, U.K.
June 10 – Broadcast – Glasgow, U.K.
June 12 – Bergenfest – Bergenhus, Norway
June 13 – PiPFest – Grünerløkka, Norway
June 27-30 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
August 1-4 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
August 9-11 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA