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Instrumental Bass & Vibes Duo Cliffwalker Can Be Compared To Steve Reich, Philip Glass As Well As Contemporaries Such As Tortoise, Death From Above 1979

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'Punching Clocks' is the sort of thing that the word post-rock was made for. It’s rock put in the service of other moods. The interplay of the leads produces the experience of a spy-movie chase scene.
—Independent Clauses
“Delightfully teeters on the edge of chaos...” says music discovery blog Independent Clauses in its coverage of “Punching Clocks,” the debut single by Portland-based duo CLIFFWALKER. Punching Clocks is the sort of thing that the word post-rock was made for. It’s rock put in the service of other moods. The interplay of the leads produces the experience of a spy-movie chase scene.”

The Portland, Oregon-based instrumental duo of Cliff Hayes (Bass, Keys) and A. Walker Spring (Vibes, Drums, Keys, Guitar), which can be compared to minimalist composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass as well as contemporaries such as Tortoise, Death From Above 1979, took inspiration from DEVO’s “Beautiful World” for its Punching Clocks video.

Punching Clocks draws inspiration from the daily dread of going to a job you dislike and the conditioning of human existence to the dictates of time,” says Hayes of the song. “Depicting these themes in the video, we see birth, followed by the ticking of the clock as the child is expected to jump through the hoops of schooling.”

He continues, “Then adolescence hits, followed by a quick progression to adulthood where the reality of the working world hits hard. As the pace of the clip picks up, there are huge crowds of workers, industrial workplaces and assembly lines. Scenes of arguments, fighting, drinking, and laughter are all precursors to the conflicts that emerge between nations. Only humans can wreak havoc on the world in such a unique way.”

While the song and its video address dark themes, Hayes points out, “I'm not always doom and gloom. Honestly, I do have a decent sense of humor!”

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