Clark Returns with Soundtrack-Inspired New Album
'Kiri Variations' is scheduled for July 26 release via Throttle Records.
The 14-track album is the UK artist’s first since 2017’s Death Peak via Warp Records. It started life as the score to the BAFTA-nominated TV program “Kiri,” but only a small portion of the recorded music was used by director Euros Lyn. That first incarnation has since been morphed into a proper artist album. “In addition to my usual methods of controlled randomness and tangential ideas, the TV commission was a prominent spark for new approaches. It’s a great balancing contrast with the solipsistic studio album,” Clark explains.
It’s said to allow Clark’s simplicity and playfulness to shine through: “It’s a skeleton of an album, reduced to bare essentials, although it started out rather dense. The thing that takes time is making it succinct,” Clark explains. “Certain parts are also what you could call anti-muso—for example the recorder on ‘Kiri’s Glee’ is totally out of tune—but it sounds so colourful. I can’t resist the primary paint of acoustic instruments; it’s an antidote to frictionless digital music.”
We’re told to expect and album of plaintive beauty, eerie horror, and childlike outsider music that epitomises Clark’s ability to flip-the-script and coherently organise an abundance of new ideas.
In advance of the album’s release, Clark has shared “Cannibal Homecoming,” his most song-based composition ever featuring not only augmented human voice but also a fully-fledged vocal, sung by him.
01. Forebode Pluck
02. Simple Homecoming Loop
04. Kiri’s Glee
05. Coffin Knocker
06. Forebode Knocker
07. Yarraville Bird Phone
08. Primary Pluck
10. Tobi Thwarted
11. Cannibal Homecoming
12. Banished Hymnal
13. Banished Cannibal
14. Goodnight Kiri
Kiri Variations is scheduled for July 26 release, with pre-order here.