Clark ‘Suns Of Temper’
Last week saw Clark’s brand new self-titled LP released to a rapturous reception. Perhaps his most consistent album yet, Clark stands in contrast to the producer’s usual penchant for combining monolithic high points with bafflingly odd misfire, although at the same time, it’s that theme that has continually made him a force to be reckoned with in electronic music. The fact that his albums are often temperamental affairs shows his admirable unwillingness to settle into a creative rut. You don’t get seven albums signed to Warp unless you’re doing something right.
Whilst the new album as a whole is superb, after listening to it we couldn’t help but go back to the last three tracks of Totem’s Flare, his 2009 album that showcased his hit and miss habits more obviously than ever. There is some proper ropey music on there (‘Rainbow Voodoo’ a case in point), and yet the album ends with three tracks that make up one of the strongest endings to almost any album, ever.
‘Talis‘ storms in with Clark’s voice tying together spluttering beats and gorgeous ambience, providing the album highlight, well, until the penultimate track begins – ‘Suns Of Temper’ (above) – a striking mixture of techno, electro, dubstep, IDM, shoegaze, ambient, and post rock flavours. If you can find a more beautiful piece of electronic music, we’d love to hear it – the closing melody is enough to bring a grown man to tears. The semi acoustic album closer ‘Absence’ is another record sure to make your hairs stand on end, a gentle comedown from the blistering track beforehand. When Clark is on fire, he’s unstoppable, and even when he’s not, he displays more inventiveness than most producers could even dream of, and we bloody love him for it. Head here for more on Clark. Buy Clark – Clark here.