Clouds return to Electric Deluxe (J. K. Flesh, Terence Fixmer) with new LP Heavy The Eclipse. Ever the lateral thinkers, here the Scottish duo construct an intriguing sci-fi backstory to bolster their forays into various hard club styles. It makes the raging confluence of techno, industrial, sound design and hardcore here even more interesting when you understand that it’s meant to be the soundtrack to a dystopian Glasgow 400 years from now. Good stuff.
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Of all the qualities that might endear me to an album, ambition is one of the hardest to resist. Ordinarily I’m not that fussed about dance music albums, but Scotland’s Clouds have managed to ensnare me with Heavy the Eclipse. Over six sides of vinyl the pair attempt provide a soundtrack to Neurealm, the name given to Glasgow by a German corporation some four centuries down the line. A city facing collapse due to new drugs, armed militia and failing infrastructure.
Through a mixture of the harder dance music genres like techno and jungle they give us a sense of the chaos of this future. Of the stress and the anxiety of those experiencing it. Everything is distorted and crumbling. The sheen of corporate lies haunt tracks like ‘Parkzicht’ and ‘Dark Leviathan Krew’. At closer inspection it’s the will of the people holding this music together - after all, techno and jungle weren’t dreamed up in board rooms.
Accompanying the album is a selection of intense imagery designed by David Rudnick (who also worked on Oneohtrix Point Never’s Age Of). Through maps of failed train lines and drawings of future gang signs the reality of Neurealm is made all the more convincing.
Despite all the bleakness, Heavy The Eclipse is a fundamentally optimistic work. It has to be, it’s far too mixed up with the utopia of the rave not to be. And this is reflected not just in its tracks but in Clouds’ story too. The citizens of Neurealm believe their saviour will come. Because they have to.
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