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|1. Henderson Wrench|
|2. Com Touch|
|3. Tooth Moves|
|4. Skyward Bruise/Descent|
|8. Black Stone|
|9. The Pining Pt. 1|
|10. The Pining Pt. 2|
|11. The Pining Pt. 3|
|12. Broken Kite Footage|
As with previous Clark albums it is an intricate, boffin-clever, topsy-turvy album. But after two albums of pummelling, energy flash-informed electronica, it seems Clark’s determined not to be pigeonholed as that noisy Warp fella. He said as much recently when explaining that he’s "hunting down that elusive paradox. To create something that didn’t sound like what I’ve done before. But was also unmistakably me."
The obvious new development is the simple, looping guitar that’s present almost throughout. Then there’s the massive arsenal of instruments, from vintage Cold War microphones and harpsichords to modular synths, he employs. But more than anything it’s the mood that’s turned. It’s out with angry, abrasive head-bangers and head-scratchers, and in with warm, soothing, elegiac, sun-dappled tracks.
A few, such as the minimal piano piece Black Stone, appear as sketchy outlines still requiring colour. And certain segments might stray too far into folktronica territory for some heads. But there’s much to take in on this new path. The verdant Henderson Wrench, with its weaving guitar picking, and the melodic synth progressions of Corn Touch recall the pretty, TV theme-inspired work of Bibio and the exotic curios in the Ghost Box catalogue.
Two tracks feature the brittle bluesy voice of Martina Topley-Bird. The first, Open, is a shuffling, trippy tune beautiful in its simplicity. The second, Secret, is rickety trip hop with found sounds. But the definite highlight is a 10-minute triptych called The Pining. On it Clark nails this gentle tone he’s aiming for without dulling his madder tendencies – it drifts through tin-pot melancholia, a burst of In Rainbows-era Radiohead pop, a ghostly house breakdown, and then concludes with Nils Frahm-like minimalism, all twinkly prettiness with a fondness for Tangerine Dream and sunrises peeping through hedges. Some Clark fans will be disappointed with Iradelphic, but many others will see the promise in this little treasure.
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A good album, a good artist. Especially the track Black Stone, good video too.Published 7 months ago by Alastair Massingham
According to the Warp website, Clark described Iradelphic as "looming, ambiguous, radiant. Glowing, whole, invincible, complete. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Legs Akimbo
This may not be the Clark we all know and love, but that doesn't mean he's made a bad record. It's perhaps smoother and less abrasive than his two previous outings, but at the... Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Gregor Omelasz
I could not agree more with the former review. This album is a HUGE disappointment.Not up to the ususal standard we have come to expect from Clark. Read morePublished on 2 April 2012 by M. Kyst