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Iradelphic [VINYL]

Clark Vinyl
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B007146M9Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Henderson Wrench
2. Com Touch
3. Tooth Moves
4. Skyward Bruise/Descent
5. Open
6. Secret
7. Ghosted
8. Black Stone
9. The Pining Pt. 1
10. The Pining Pt. 2
11. The Pining Pt. 3
12. Broken Kite Footage

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BBC Review

It’s interesting to note that the sleeve housing Chris Clark’s latest (sixth) album was designed by Ghost Box co-founder Julian House. That label’s USP is a thing called – ahem – hauntology, in which artists such as Belbury Poly stir electronic music and fragments of pop and public service ephemera into a heady, pastoral, melancholy brew. The other notable here is the helping-hand of Clark’s Warp labelmate and purveyor of his own bucolic electronica, Bibio. These are the two most-telling reference points for Iradelphic, if only because there’s not a lot that links it with Clark’s own canon.

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.

--Chris Parkin

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent move from the awesome Mr Clark 3 April 2012
By Dr Lex
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I cannot disagree more with the previous reviewers! Obviously this is a departure from Clark's more streamlined electro past, but after such accomplishments in one field, proper artists tend to branch out - and I think what Iradelphic has, acoustic bias and all, is a remarkable maturity and intelligence without losing its appeal (I cannot stand electronic music that abandons melody altogether in the name of experimentation...). This album actually deserves a wider and more diverse audience than his previous releases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's called change.... 24 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't understand why many people are hating on this album. 'Oh no, another warp artist using guitars!' Well if it works and adds to it, and they just want to do something different, then really, I don't see what the problem is. Artists like Clark are too good for just using electronics to create music to make their own musical vision come to life.

It has an atmosphere of strange hypnotic beauty and ethereal soundscapes that really grow on you, the genius is still there (I defy any electronic enthusiasts to listen to Com Touch and NOT see how it isn't genius, granted, Ghosted has potential to be a landmark of extreme genius, nearly putting you on Mars, but it stops abruptly at an odd moment), and is more acoustic and minimalist than his previous albums (reminding me of Mogwai and Kevin Shields in places, the beautiful piano work on Black Stone is highly reminiscent of Mogwai), maybe even returning to his roots as he made about 3-4 albums in a row which almost blew the roofs off our houses with his blend of glitch and hardcore techno in such a unique, beautiful way.

I've just got it, listened to it 5 times in a row, and it gets better every time, coming close to being his greatest, most mature, and certainly most beautiful and ambitious achievement to date. Pure genius. The critics aren't taking kindly to it, but then again critics are notorious for giving bad reviews for any form of art that's ahead of it's time.

I quite like the fact that Clark has chosen to do something different. If I wanted to be blown away by stomping melodic techno soundscapes and glitches, I'd return to his previous albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower 11 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Give it a few listens, it begins to make sense. Its not his finest moment, but then even those have tracks you wanna skip. No? Just me then. The two tracks with Martina Topley-Bird are lovely, sunny, almost Balearic numbers. Com Touch and Tooth Moves for me are the real high points. Black Stone is haunting and quite simply beautiful/beautifully simple. I love his knack of making what sounds like a too long for itself melody come back in time and resolve. If you get my drift?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good album 27 April 2014
By Kai
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For something different, this is worth a listening to. Great album. As I said it is different but amazing nevertheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pastoral symphonica 8 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
There's a lot in each Clark album I like, but more often than not, he veers off into seemingly, abrasive sounds for the sake of it, and I just have to skip past them, however Iradelphic is an album I've stuck on repeat several times!
There's a nice 70's vibe going down, arpeggiated synths and folky melodies warped together, great stuff!
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