The EP goes between soft breaks to smooth and cinematic chord progressions that are hard to pin down to a singular style or genre. While Cautious has become known for his insightful lyrics and creatively catchy melodies, the work on this project goes above and beyond in terms of production intricacies, with spacious soundscapes and deceptively deep instrumentation. When Cautious puts on his producer hat, he crafts delicate sounds with surgical precision. The six songs on Table of Context show an expansiveness in this ever-evolving new artist.
Recent singles ‘Honest Enough‘ and ‘Reasons‘ off the EP have already accumulated praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The New Yorker, Hypebeast, Pigeons & Planes, Billboard and more, and with backing from notable artists like John Mayer, Ryan Tedder, and Diplo, Cautious is working his way toward attaining similar stature.
After just one year of playing his first live shows, Cautious Clay has just returned from a successful SXSW playing 13 shows including prestigious slots at NPR, KCRW, Radio Day stage, the Rachel Ray showcase and an impromptu performance with Miguel. Rolling Stone named him one of ‘30 Best Artists We Saw at SXSW‘, NPR called his performance at the Tiny Desk Family Hour a “wow” moment, and PASTE recorded this stunning acoustic performance of some of Cautious’ favourites. This comes off the back of his recently wrapped sold-out winter tour and first late night appearance on Busy Philipp’s Busy Tonight.
In 2018 Cautious Clay rose to new heights with a feature on HBO’s Insecure Season 3 Soundtrack, a Tiny Desk on NPR and performances at TIDAL X BROOKLYN and The Soul Train Awards on BET and critical acclaim from VIBE, The New York Times, Pitchfork and more. NPR called Cautious Clay‘s Blood Type EP one of ‘2018’s Best‘ and DJ Booth featured Blood Type as one of their 10 Best Non-Rap Albums of the Year. Cautious’ title track ‘Cold War‘ was number 29 on Sirius XMU’s top 40 tracks of 2018.
Table of Context further emphasises the musical landscape Cautious has been building with special features, new sonic directions and a whole lot of introspection.
PRAISE FOR CAUTIOUS CLAY
“There’s something special about him, and he keeps revealing new layers to his creativity that continue to pull us in.”
“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
“‘Stolen Moments,’…is a stunning, hushed lament that plays out like a lovers’ quarrel about commitment (or lack thereof) that’s still reeling long after the last words have been thrown.”
“Cautious Clay is a name you’ll want to keep on your radar.”
Pigeons and Planes