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A day in the life of Animal Nation’s Garnet Clare

Submitted by on September 21, 2011 – 1:21 pmNo Comment

Every day is someday to Garnet Clare. He wakes up, eats his bacon and eggs, goes to work and postpones everything while looking at smiles – all in a day in Whistler for the B.C. native.

Clare didn’t have to look far for the inspiration for his first solo album Everyday In The Life, given it tells the story of exactly that. Unlike most sporadically-tracked albums, played start to finish, it is a reconnaissance of the events and feelings as he ventures through his daily routine.

The entirely self-produced release includes a variety of loops and catchy samples, but also incorporates raw instrumentals and vocals by the man himself. The individual moods of the beats fit perfectly with the ongoing themes of songs, which Clare said was incidental.

“I made all the instrumentals before the lyrics over the span of two years in Whistler,” he said.

From waking up groggy in the morning on “Every Day Is Someday” to bouncing into his morning with the upbeat “Bacon & Eggs” track, the tone of the beats flow incandescently with the lyrical insights.

The album stems from his life experiences in Whistler and working in a photo shop, which he explain in his tune “Work/Lunch/Work” with lines like: “Smiles all around/ Smiles all around/ Wouldn’t waste a snapshot on a frown…”

“I love when an album unfolds as a story. I wanted to make an album with a story like that, but not one that’s this and this and this, and now you know the story so never listen to it again. I wanted something people can relate to, and want to listen to more than once,” he explained.

Clare feared that people may interpret the album as coming across as “Whistler-only.” But it doesn’t.

The story wraps up with Clare’s personal favourite, “Somebody I Used to Know,” which is an introspective piece on his ex girlfriend he had to leave behind when he moved to Halifax temporarily. The track includes Clare’s guitar and banjo styling. He said this is the track he put the most work into, as it meant the most to him.

“I love that song,” expressed Clare. “It’s not the first song that I’ve made that’s sample-free, but it’s the first song that I actually sat down and wrote out the chords for and put it all together after.”

Clare is also in the process of self-producing a video for the track, filming and editing the whole thing himself with a Canon 60D DSLR, which he figured was only fitting since he produced the entire album himself.

“I just finished filming it yesterday, and I’m so freakin’ happy,” said Clare. “Three years ago this technology wasn’t readily available. Now it is and I can do it all myself. Now I’m just going into post-production.”

The video took Clare four months to film and three months of pre-production and preparation. He is excited to see how it turns out after putting seven months and counting into it.

Story by Devin Size; photo by Nick Vail

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