Clarence Park (Vinyl)
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Electronic. He is one of a new breed of electronic artists on Warp for 2001.
Attention, ce disque est un niveau en dessous du Courtesy Of Choice de Leila ; ce qui peut vous faire dire que tout n'est pas perdu (ceux qui pensent le contraire peuvent tout de même devenir barmen dans une discothèque belge). On voudrait faire passer notre ami Chris Clark pour le parfait petit junky compositeur en chambre, en tout cas la bio s'y efforce. Sa musique est cependant un brin moins rock'n'roll. Concrètement, cette dernière alterne rugissements synthétiques, ambiances fin du monde, et mélodies bleepées qu'on croirait sorties d'un orgue de cathédrale gothique ("Proper Loft" ou "The Chase"). "Lord Of The Dance" servira d'entracte avec son synthé jazzy-dub et sa flûte posée sur des rythmiques hip-hop, c'est d'ailleurs l'un des "morceaux" les plus plaisants. Car, seul hic, Chris est assez jusqu'au-boutiste dans sa démarche d'adolescent bourré à la bière puisque les morceaux ne font généralement pas plus de 3 minutes, ce qui réduit la durée totale de ce disque à 31 minutes seulement (rédhibitoire au moment du choix inévitable entre plusieurs disques). À moins que vous ne soyez collectionneurs et là, la pochette fera pencher la balance. --Alexandre Louiset --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
listen with headphones. listen very loud.
Clarence Park is a tight record. And I mean *tight*. Tight in every respect. It clocks in at just over 33 minutes, and throughout the duration, your attention doesn't waver for a second. There's fourteen tracks, as you can see, of varying duration. That's because Chris Clark took a drastic step for IDM records by putting short piano ballads in to juxtapose the crazier electronic melanges much like Richard D. James did with Drukqs. The problem with Drukqs was that it was too huge and collapsed under its own weight. You'd have to have a massive amount of sonic invention to keep up a behemoth like that. In that way, Clarence Park is the antithesis to James' album. It takes the same idea, but puts it on a much smaller, and hence more workable, scale.
Clarence Park opens with a slow fade-in looping piano melody that gently changes through its minute and a half duration. It's nostalgic and doesn't prepare you at all for "The Dogs" which sounds like a giant waking up from a century of rest. Still, the segues from piano to eletronics on this album work much better than on the Aphex Twin album. I'm not sure exactly how that is, but it seems as though James' piano tracks are more show-off wankery when Clark is using the short interludes to compliment his electronic pieces.
"Proper Lofi" is a song that springs life into glitch. Its catchy melody is one of the album's more memorable moments.Read more ›
It's an incredible album. With rumors that Aphex Twin will be leaving the label, along with Brothomstates, Chris Clark is the future sound of Warp.
Most recent customer reviews
i'm giving this album 5 stars just to offset the first reviewer's completely unhelpful review and completely arbitrary 3 stars, which it doesn't deserve. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Thaddeus
Alright, as far as IDM goes, this CD may not be top-notch, but it's up there. Clark is quite good at taking seemingly random noise and hiding a rythm underneath it. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by D. Lynch
this album is really fantastic.the first track kind of scared me off for a couple of days,but when i came back and put the head phones on,it literally blew my mind. Read morePublished on April 19 2002 by Phillip Nichols
Wow. [...]incredible piece of work. "Diesel raven" is one of the dopest tracks I've EVER heard from ANY artist, including the almighty Richard D. James. Read morePublished on June 3 2001 by S. Fry