ALBUM WARP RELEASE: APRIL 2, 2001 REVIEW: APRIL 2,
Chris Clark must have a short attention span. On his debut album "Clarence
Park", the new Warp signing shifts so rapidly between styles and tempos, that
it almost sounds like Aphex Twin and Max Tundra trying to use the same
sampler, at the same time.
With an average length of just about two minutes, the fourteen songs on
"Clarence Park" are rushed through in such a neck-breaking pace, that it
almost makes you forget to breathe. Sampler vandal Clark, tears break beats to
pieces, throws in a flute in the brilliantly titled "Lord of the Dance",
uses the most violent cut-ups I've heard in ages, and lets vicious bass
frequencies mutilate cute melodies.
I wouldn't want all artists to sound
like this, but "Clarence Park" should teach all the introvert, academic
electronica artists of today, that there are millions of ways to have fun