Cut Worms, moniker of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Max Clarke, presents two new tracks, “Unnatural Disaster” b/w “Baby Come On.” It follows “Castle in the Clouds” (Clarke’s first new track since 2018’s Hollow Ground), which boasts “swooning stuff, from the pedal steel to the gorgeous harmonies” (Brooklyn Vegan). The skeleton of “Unnatural Disaster” was written in 2013 when Clarke was living in Chicago and finished in Memphis last year. It moseys with twangy guitar and Clarke’s magnetic, textured voice. The upbeat b-side, “Baby Come On,” is a forthright love song as Clarke sings: “Hold me close // Say you will // And always be mine // Be the only one I ever wanted to find.” These first three songs preview new Cut Worms music to be released later this year.
“I guess you could say [Unnatural Disaster] took six years to write, though it mostly came all at once when It finally did come,” says Clarke. “Oddly enough, I recall way back in Chicago, at one point there was a placeholder lyric that said something like ‘to New York or Tennessee.’ Funny I ended up focused on both of those places.”