Celebrated singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay confirms the deluxe edition of his debut album, Deadpan Love, out February 11 with four new songs and new versions of fan favorites. The first new track, “Rapture in Blue,” is out today—listen here.

The deluxe edition expands on Cautious’ long-awaited debut album Deadpan Love, released in 2021 to widespread acclaim. The original includes the hit “Wildfire,” which was recently covered by BLACKPINK’s ROSÉ and featured in a new episode of “Gossip Girl.” Additionally, Cautious made his television debut in December, performing three tracks on “CBS This Morning”—watch here.

Deadpan Love continues to receive critical acclaim…

“Joshua Karpeh, who is known professionally as Cautious Clay, is a musician, songwriter and producer known for his dreamlike R&B songs about love in the digital era, when identities are carefully constructed and interactions are mediated by technology...Mr. Karpeh’s sound is a fusion of R&B, hip-hop and indie pop, which he attributes to his mother’s eclectic music taste.”—The New York Times

“Such a jam. The grooves, his voice, everything across this whole record works so well...”—NPR Music

“intricate love songs that dig into the nuances of love and relationships.”—NYLON

“An intriguing and genre-hopping collection of songs that incorporate elements of R&B, bedroom pop, rootsy blues, hip-hop, and more, all united by the Brooklyn-based musician’s knack for slightly left-of-center arrangements and idiosyncratic vocal melodies that nonetheless deliver hummable hooks with their unexpected harmonic detours. Clay’s day job may involve helping to craft hits for everyone from John Legend to John Mayer, but this solo material is unmistakably his own.”—The A.V. Club

“The sheer brilliance of Deadpan Love lies in Cautious Clay’s affinity for melodies—stemming from learning such melodic instruments as flute and saxophone as a kid way before the chord-driven guitar or piano—as much as it does his lyrical world-building.”—American Songwriter

“What comes through more than anything on Deadpan Love is the fact that emotions form the backbone of Clay’s music, and are ultimately what create long-lasting connections with his listeners.”—Bandcamp Daily

“After a long wait Cautious Clay finally ascends to music’s main stage this week with Deadpan Love, a powerful display of emotion whose versatility is just as sharpened as it is understated...Across the record’s 14 tracks, Clay voyages masterfully between genres, blurring boundary lines beyond recognition with his perfectly polished style. At moments he sounds like the lovechild between Matt Martians and Pharrell, but every track is trademarked with Clay’s unique sonic register. Taking inspiration from artists like Peter Gabriel to Funkadelic, Deadpan Love is a strong debut from one of music's most promising acts.”—Ones To Watch

Cautious will embark on the Karma & Friends Tour of North America and Europe next month. Dates include New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona and more. Tickets are on sale now, visit for more information.

Since the release of his breakout debut single “Cold War, 28-year-old Cautious Clay has been on a whirlwind ride. He’s released three EPs—Table of Context, RESONANCE, and debut Blood Type—that have earned critical praise from The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, TIME, Complex and many more. His songs have soundtracked key scenes in films like Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart and TV shows like Issa Rae’s “Insecure” and Selena Gomez’s “13 Reasons Why.” He was enlisted personally by FINNEAS for a remix of Billie Eilish’s breakout “Ocean Eyes,” his music has been sampled by Taylor Swift (Lover), and he’s written songs with John Legend and John Mayer. His recent single “Cheesin’” saw him link up with a who’s-who of next generation talent—Claud, Remi Wolf, Still Woozy, Sophie Meiers, Melanie Faye and HXNS—to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Cautious Clay currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, please contact Reid Kutrow or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

Or Michael Tomczak at The Orchard.


1. High Risk Travel
2. Shook
3. Karma & Friends
4. Strange Love (feat. Saba)
5. Box of Bones
6. Agreeable
7. Dying In The Subtlety
8. Why Is Your Clay So Cautious?
9. Artificial Intelligence
10. Whoa
11. Wildfire
12. Spinner
13. Roots
14. Bump Stock
15. Rapture in Blue
16. 25/8
18. Butterflies in August
19. Patina
20. Shook (w/ Strings)
21. Whoa (w/ Strings)
22. Box of Bones (w/ Strings)
23. Wildfire (w/ Strings)

February 9
/// Toronto, ON /// Axis Club
February 11 /// Chicago, IL /// Hous of Blues
February 12 /// Madison, WI /// Majestic Theatre
February 13 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line
February 17 /// Aspen, CO /// Belly Up Aspen
February 18 /// Denver, CO /// Bluebird Theater
February 20 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Urban Lounge
February 24 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom
February 25 /// Portland, OR /// Roseland Theater
February 26 /// Seattle, WA /// Showbox
March 1 /// San Francisco, CA /// Fillmore
March 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Fonda Theatre
March 5 /// Phoenix, AZ /// M3F Music Festival
March 10 /// Dallas, TX /// Trees
March 11 /// Austin, TX /// Scoot Inn
March 12 /// Houston, TX /// Secret Group
March 15 /// Atlanta, GA /// Terminal West
March 18 /// Boston, MA /// Royale
March 19 /// New York, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
June 10 /// Barcelona, Spain /// Primavera Sound
June 12 /// Paris, France /// Boule Noire
June 13 /// Amsterdam, Netherlands /// Paradiso Noord
June 15 /// London, England /// The Garage

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