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Clarke - Turning Dragon

2008-09-19 17:33
Reading an interview with Clark, he says that the album was partly inspired by touring a series of continental rave dens. Following in the footsteps of Aphex Twin and Square Pusher, the album is raw, immediate, aggressive, dirty and chaotic in comparison to his previous work.

Body Riddle was more cinematic, smooth and glassy in tone, taking the listener on a dream-like journey over imaginary landscapes. From the start, Turning Dragon hits the listener straight between the eyes. Its title track "New Year Storm" is an indication of the tone of the record.
There is an onslaught of glitchy beats pounding four to the floor, sub-bass lines, chaotic sampling flitting around in the background, the odd vocal sample and array of synth leads and textures. It all feels a bit abrasive to the ear and it left me feeling quite unnerved, like my heart had skipped a beat or two. It isn't the kind of album you would choose to unwind from a hard day at the office, but it's an album you would more likely hear out at a club.

I did however really enjoy the last track, "Penultimate Persian". Not because it was the last track on the album, but because sonically it appealed to me more. It felt to me that this track didn’t really belong on this album, but maybe it is a taste of what is still to come from Clark. It followed in the Body Riddle vein with soft textures, well devised beats and exceptional programming. While I can't say that Turning Dragon is my favourite album of all time, what I can say is that I admire Clark for staying true to his artist voice.

- Shaun Michau

Unlike its 2006 predecessor Body Riddle, Clark's latest release Turning Dragon shows that he is not afraid to move backwards in order to progress.

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