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Photo: Mafalda Millies

PREMIERE: Chris McClenney Makes His “Confession”

The man behind the boards of some of this year’s most popular songs steps into the limelight for some deserved shine today. Chris McClenney—producer of H.E.R.’s “Gone Away,” the double platinum “Location” by Khalid, and a couple other gold records—drops this new tune called “Confession,” allowing his vocals and songwriting to take the lead.

Over some affected organ stabs, indulgent bass, a funk synth and rolling percussion, McClenney belts out his secret: “And all I want is your attention/ And I had to let you know/ I only got one confession/ Go with the flow.” It’s a flow that stretches and pulls easily, dipping into high registers, doubled with panning telephone effects, and skirts into a rapid, dry delivery. His vocals never stay put, bouncing easily around the relaxed and bright production.

“‘Confession’ is a modern day-love song” he tells MASS APPEAL. “Today we’re competing for people’s attention more than ever before. Between social-media frenzy and all the wild political news happening on the daily, there are so many distractions. ‘Confession’ is a straightforward break from that. An honest and direct song. You’re really feeling that person you’re tryna be with and at the end of the day all you really want and need is just their attention. It’s simple and it makes you happy.”

The Maryland-raised, New York-based artist is following up on his debut solo EP, Portrait In Two, which dropped earlier this year.

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Photo: Mafalda Millies 

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