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Clifford Proves He Is ‘Too Big Too Strong’ with Magnetic New Single

By Cynthia Gross

Last month, one of our favorite rising DMV-based artists at Alchemical Records, Clifford, released his latest single, “Too Big Too Strong.” The high-octane, electronic-infused track is magnetic and original, empowering audiences to embrace their untapped potential with confidence and style.

“’Too Big Too Strong’ was inspired by that moment when you’re able to say ‘YES! That’s why I didn’t give up!’” Clifford explained. “You’ve reached a point of clarity and validation to keep going. It’s the idea that we don’t even realize how great we are until our courage pushes us to the next level.” 

At the start of the song, the narrator is unsteady, attempting to find footing outside of the limitations of other people’s opinions. “Why is everybody so big to me / It feels a little bit intimidating to me,” Clifford sings. However, a burgeoning independence has already taken root, as evidenced by the lines that follow: “Just gimme some time I think I / Could grow up too big and too strong.”

The clear star of “Too Big Too Strong” is the rhythm-driven composition. Driving bass, swirling electronic drums, industrial synths, and grunge guitar combine to create a danceable, moody vibe that is in lockstep with the song’s thematic build. “Cuz I’m ’bout to explode right now / At my full potential right now / Yeah, you’re in the danger zone right now,” Clifford sings with the boldness and defiance of someone who has grown stronger and better.

Clifford notes that pre-chorus represents the protagonist’s “former self,” and the chorus and verse debut the protagonist’s “future self,” whom he describes as “someone who is stronger and no longer worries about the things they used to,” including “self-worth, validity, and acceptance from others.” “Too Big Too Strong” is a song about moving to higher heights, and Clifford’s adept handling of the subject matter carries a sincerity that audiences find believable and stirring.

“Too Big Too Strong” follows an impressive lineup of releases from the  Westminster, Maryland-based singer-songwriter, including “Close To Me,” and “I’m So Bored.” Fans of T.  Rex and David Bowie will identify with Clifford’s colorful, larger-than-life aesthetic that warrants many repeat and indulgent returns.

As “Too Big Too Strong” demonstrates, Clifford, a multilingual U.S./UK citizen living stateside, is a standout talent who has the ability to write hits for those of us who seek something more creative than the mainstream. He continues to deliver the best of unconventional music that pushes genre and boundary to a captivating effect. Stay tuned for Clifford’s exciting upcoming projects to be announced later this summer.

Listen to “Too Big Too Strong” below, and discover other great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture on Spotify.

Cynthia Gross

Maryland-based singer-songwriter Cynthia Gross seeks to inspire an awakening to all we are and all we can become. With a passion for language in all of its forms and more than a decade of experience as a professional ghostwriter, she is a light seeker who understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.

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