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Clarence Park (Vinyl)

Chris Clark Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars packs a punch Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 30 short minutes, Chris Clark kicks and screams his way into the ranks of IDM heavywieghts like autechre, squarepusher and aphex twin. The only fault I could find with Clarence Park is it's length. It's so short and so good, you find yourself drooling like Pavlov's dog for more. That's not a bad thing. Chris Clark densely packs more scattered beats, staccato percussion, eerie piano melodies and weird sounds in those 30 minutes than aphex twin, autechre or squarepusher can do in a full length disc. Not to discount those IDM greats or to say Chris Clark is better, there is isn't anything new here that hasn't been done better by the above artists. However it's simply amazing what he can achieve with a minute long track. The mood and atmosphere he can create within that space is the mark of a true electronic genius. 'lord of the dance' is a really good song but the simple and short 'chase' is my favorite off this release. you should definitely consider buying this if you're into any of the above IDM artists or if you're looking for something a little bit crunchy, a little bit scary, not too experimental yet purely perfect.
listen with headphones. listen very loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars King of Warp Records dethroned! March 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
As far as record covers go, that cute picture of the smiling boy in his snow-covered backyard may be one of the most decieving ever considering this is an IDM record having more than a little in common with Aphex Twin's Drukqs. But I'm guessing Mr. Clark chose the picture just because it looked cool. And more power to him.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My that's catchy! June 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
A surprisingly bouncy release from Warp. I know nada about this character, but bought the CD because a) the cover looked fantastic, b) I'd heard promising clips from the album, c) it was dirt-friggin'-cheap, and d) I was placing an order from Warp Records anyway (new Autechre CD, yadda yadda yadda, you understand). I was expecting something in the realm of Richard Devine's recent 'Lipswitch,' but was surprised to find that although Chris Clark definitely has the Warp penchant for unearthly noise, lush soundscapes, and seemingly arrhythmic beats, the disc was catchy as hell from start to finish. The tracks are short and stay vital as such. The catchy-as-catch-can momentum of this album whisks the listener off before a cut can even get its coat off. Its well worth a listen. I guess I could describe it as levitating somewhere between Autechre and Plaid (if I felt like it, and evidently I did). But that's a semi-god-awful description, so maybe you would be better served to pay a visit to the hot hot hot Warp site, where you can check out beefy samples of a number of songs from this album. It isn't the best electronic album I've picked up this year, but its pretty darn good....
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5.0 out of 5 stars do you like melodic orgasms?! Dec 27 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I heard a snippet of this album (which is extremely difficult to download from the net) and fell hopelessly in love. I'm one of those jaded electronica fans who has been getting into more esoteric territory, so this suited my palate admirably. The song "Diesel Raven" is pure perfection so it would be redundant to try to describe it. "Clarence Park" is replete with watery and christalline textures, a kind of attention to aesthetic detail that is sometimes missing from Warp and Rephlex releases. The harmonics do usurp the beats, but in such a way that they enhance eachother; they fit together like they were from the same family of sound. "The Dogs" sounds like a vacuum-cleaner apocalypse, with delightful tripping rhythms. You will wish, as I have, that you had written this album. A must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Sounds of Warp Oct. 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Clarence Park is a sweet nugget of Warp style electronics, full of brutally crunchy beats and swooning melodies. A very familiar sound to anyone who listens to Autechre, Aphex, and so on. There's a dark side, and there's a playful side. Some tracks are totally funky, and your head will bob as if spastic. Then the next track will be so thick and suffocationg you will be forced to lie on the ground, begging for mouth-to-mouth.
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.
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