9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chris Clark’s ninth album of adventurous electronica draws on most of the genres he’s experimented with over his career—often within one song. “Hoova” turns sharply from industrial techno to joyous trance to celestial ambience in just five minutes, while the bass of “Peak Magnetic” groans through birdsong and glimmering euphoria like tectonic plates shifting beneath a dawn rave. It works because Clark constantly arranges the noise into spellbinding patterns that settle just long enough to pull you in before his next idea arrives.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chris Clark’s ninth album of adventurous electronica draws on most of the genres he’s experimented with over his career—often within one song. “Hoova” turns sharply from industrial techno to joyous trance to celestial ambience in just five minutes, while the bass of “Peak Magnetic” groans through birdsong and glimmering euphoria like tectonic plates shifting beneath a dawn rave. It works because Clark constantly arranges the noise into spellbinding patterns that settle just long enough to pull you in before his next idea arrives.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings
neuroboy2000 ,

Seems to lack a direction.

I loved his last self-titled album, but this one sounds like a mess. I can't seem to get into it.

heyotwell ,

Not his best

I'm finding I really don't enjoy this as much as I want to. Clark is a genius at meshing ideas that don't seem to go together, but here the seams feel jarring and forced. What some reviews are calling "accessible" moments just feel simplistic to me, like the piece made mostly of major key harpsichord scales. I do love the use of human voices but the children's choir ("We are your ancestors...") feels corny to me where I think it was aiming for moving.

syz1969 ,

A Stunner

This really is one of the more stunning and upbeat albums from Clark in a long while, in fact in many ways it shows the maturity of his songwriting but just caving into his own particular sound. It's a very cohesive album, every song seems to flow seemlessly right into the next, the sound design is thoroughly entrancing, it's just a great album from beginning to end.

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