Clark

Clark

Warp

Nov 20, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


As is the case with a significant portion of the Warp Records roster, Clark is one of those artists who is revered in electronic music circles as one of the pioneers of the genre. Yet he has left it till now, on his eighth full-length, to name an album eponymously. This is a bold move, a tactic usually only employed by new artists or those looking back at their careers. Clark, however, combines both of these elements. Its chilling industrial soundscapes are all-consuming, painting a vivid, metallic portrait of a robot dystopia, sounding simultaneously futuristic and retrospective.

     First and foremost, this is an album of pure texture. Each sonic element is almost tactile in its abrasiveness, while truly earthquake-inducing bass rumbles across the likes of "Trimmers," "Beacon," and "Banjo," the latter something straight out of the Matrix Universe. While some of the tracks, though thrilling, are probably not the most dance-floor friendly, Chris Clark still possesses some dance sensibilities. "The Grit in the Pearl" has warehouse rave written all over it, as does "There's a Distance in You." It is a characteristic that helps make Clark one of the most innovative producers around today and just as thrilling now as he was 13 years ago. (www.warp.net/records/clark)

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