Clay Rendering are a duo made up of ex-Wolf Eyes member Mike Connelly and his wife, Tara. Their debut album, Snowthorn, mixes goth, ambient, black metal and dream pop to create a fragile yet relentless collection of songs. Their music mixes Nine Inch Nails with Disintegration-era Cure and apocalyptic electronic black metal. Purient’s Dominick Fernow assisted on production with DJ Becka Diamond guesting on vocals.
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Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes/ Hair Police etc.) and wife Tara finally unleash their debut full length on Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions after a couple of singles and an EP on the label. Fernow also assists on the album with additional production, and there’s also some guest vocals from Becka Diamond.
‘Snowthorn’ opens with ‘Maps Of The Ghosts’ with accordian that evokes John Cale’s work with Nico underpinned by the throb a dirge like drum, slowly building tension.
‘Swallow The Century’ is particularly gorgeous with mournful, dreamy synth and fragile, plaintive guitar. ‘Sight From Up Here’ has a Tropic Of Cancer / Lynchian feel with a slight fragrance of Joy Division buried somewhere in there. The titular track’s breathy, submerged vocals and piano descend further into sadness, while ‘Fall Of The Bed’ has Mike Connelly (I think?) actually singing what’s pretty much a pop song, albeit a dark one. ‘Memory Momentum’ welds tinny drum machine beats and searing black metal style guitar before the reappearance of accordion and piano on closer ‘Night To Perish’.
I was definitely into previous Clay Rendering stuff so had pretty high expectations for this record. A few tracks just failed to resonate with me, so I wouldn’t say it was a consistently great album but it certainly has it’s moments. If you dig gothy dream pop, darkwave etc. you should definitely check it out.
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