Clark will release new album 'Kiri Variations' later this year.
The project is tangentially linked to Clark's TV work, recently scoring the drama series Kiri. Only a fraction of the music appeared in the show, with the rest providing Clark with a separate platform to build from.
'Kiri Variations' is the result. Turning towards warped acoustic instrumentation, the record is said to be akin to "a set of Roald Dahl short stories".
He explains: “In addition to my usual methods of controlled randomness and tangential ideas, the TV commission was a prominent spark for new approaches. It’s a great balancing contrast with the solipsistic studio album”.
The producer adds: "t’s a skeleton of an album, reduced to bare essentials, although it started out rather dense. The thing that takes time is making it succinct. Certain parts are also what you could call anti muso – for example the recorder on ‘Kiri’s Glee’ is totally out of tune – but it sounds so colourful. I can’t resist the primary paint of acoustic instruments; it’s an antidote to frictionless digital music."
He finishes: "I want people to listen to this in the same way they would read a set of Roald Dahl short stories; bitter-sweet tales with hooks and teeth and unexpected macabre twists. Proper Witch vibes."
New song 'Cannibal Homecoming' is online now, and it even features a plaintive vocal from Clark.
He explains: "The track is like Japanese cuisine- it explores lots of textures but coheres as a song er... 'meal'."
"A song is finished when you get the sense it's being pulled along to an inevitable conclusion. It’s not literally about cannibals. It’s about paradox, despair, broken families, the fictional boundaries we cling to and the self destructive cognitive dissonance we suffer because of this."
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