Today, marks the debut of the critically acclaimed Chris McClenney EP “Portrait In Two.” Culminating as the singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist’s first solo full-length project, the self-released EP is compiled of ten original tracks with no features.
From the EP opener, a prologue “Consciousness,” to the project’s finish on instrumental number “Awake,” McClenney showcases his expertise at a number of genres ranging from jazz, R&B, funk, and electronic. For long-time fans of McClenney, “Portrait In Two” represents an evolution from the producer / DJ roots he has become renowned for, and marks a transformation into a full-fledged musician. However, McClenney still appeals to his electronic music roots with the release of two remixes, “Tell Me” and “Pearl,” released in addition to “Portrait In Two.”
Composed, produced, and engineered solely by McClenney during his time as a grad student at NYU, “Portrait In Two” encompasses a wide-range of instrumentation including vocals, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums/percussion, clarinet, and drum programming. For those unfamiliar with McClenney before now, the 23-year-old artist began a rise to prominence after achieving a coveted role on the Soulection label. In addition, he has also provided his production talents for artists including D.R.A.M, and boasts a number of virally charting remixes of his own. Fast forwarding to the present, the “Portrait In Two” EP has already received critical praise from taste-making outlets including Fader, KCRW, NEST HQ, DJ Booth, Solange’s Saint Heron, Okayplayer, Mass Appeal, and more.
Still to come, McClenney is also gearing up for the EP’s official release party on January 14th at NYC’s esteemed Blue Note Jazz Club where he will be performing live. Show details and tickets here.