Former half of The Skaters, alongside James Ferraro - Spencer Clark (Fourth World Magazine, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Vodka Soap, Black Joker etc.) appears to have taken cassette-captured field recordings of Australia and transmuted them into the kind of new-agey digital ambience that he so excels in. Strange atmospheres all round. The Stimulated Australia is a vinyl release from Edicoes CN, limited to 210 copies.
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- The Stimulated Australia by Spencer Clark
7/10 Robin Staff review, 14 December 2016
Anyone familiar with Lieven Martens will know what they’re getting into here: an editor and photographer for this project, as well as its label boss, his Dolphins Into the Future blueprint is all over this. Spencer Clark’s music follows his friend’s tradition of grainy field recordings, suggesting the same magical intersection of aquatic and human life through shabbily captured environments -- and the occasional music that gets played within them.
Sustained drones have their place, as well as indecipherable conversations that merely sound like they’re punctuating air, creating the feeling of a meandering, ever-changing cast of characters rolling through a confined space. The recordings take their washy element from the lo-fi nature of recording, sustaining and ultimately tethering Clark’s playful collation of hands-off sound art and song-formed melodies -- “Study for the World of Shells” eventually introduces musicians playing a lovely performed tune, observing it with the same distance as the rest of the recording.
As with most releases out of the Edicoes CN imprint, these recordings keep a creative distance, merely letting you in on environment you may never get to see for yourself, offering it up with an almost new age definition. As always, it’s that hissing, grainy production that reminds you of who you’re listening to, as if you’re travelling by secret in their pocket.
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