Industrial experimentalism that treads a pretty glorious path...
'Death Peak'

A Warp mainstay, Clark returns to the label with a nine-track barrage of industrial experimentalism.

Employing a dense rack of synths, the opening tracks establish a slightly chaotic fug that the record gradually emerges from. And, once its found its feet, the album treads a pretty glorious path – ‘Living Fantasy’ provides a particular highlight in this.

There’s a human thread throughout, with vocals used in some form or other on every track on the album. For the most part, they’re entirely disembodied: spun into the mix to function as another instrument or atmospheric element.

With this human thread comes moments of genuine dancefloor potential, with a heavy nod to rave and hardcore appearing on tracks like ‘Peak Magnetic’.

Existing fans won’t be disappointed and nor, we suspect, will the label as Clark – who signed with Warp in his late teens – continues to establish himself as a key player within his artistic milieu.

7/10

Words: Will Pritchard (@Hedmuk)

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