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Artist
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Clark
ReleaseProduct
Cave Dog
Label
Throttle Records
Catalogue Number
634457159273
Release Date
December 1, 2023

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After Clark developed his lyrical and vocal abilities on his landmark album Sus Dog, his newfound passion for singing has taken on a life of its own, undergoing countless transformations like any of the vibrant sounds he has created thus far. The leadup to that record saw him leaving a “bread crumb trail to future releases” via tantalising snippets of remixes, experiments, and alternate takes, and since its release in May, these edits and versions have had time to blossom into a fully fledged album of their own.

Cave Dog amplifies the many rave energies of its predecessor, while also zooming into the immense space hiding between those frenzied moments. Clark’s vocals creep at the edges of more instrumental reworks, then surround them in 360 degree layers. The introductory pair of ‘Vardo’ and ‘Silver Pet Crank’ are a total overhaul right off the bat: the lyrics of ‘Town Crank’ are thrust into a more curious concoction of gently lacerating synth arpeggios “falling off the edge” into a thumping trancelike rhythm, thrumming with strobe light energy as punctuating breakbeats take a left turn into rich low harmonies.

The album’s first half is a display of kinetic soundsmithery, like the assembly of synth timbres and melodic pirouettes on ‘Dolgoch Dry As Ash’, or the propulsive four to the floor of ‘Medicine Doves’ tossing harp plucks hither and thither. Its cavernous reverb throws descend into the snarling depths of chamber arrangements, hinting at a comedown from the furore with Cave Dog’s latter tracks, full of rotating piano compositions and avalanches of chorally textured ambience. Dramatic freezes of strings reframe Thom Yorke’s vocals in ‘Oblivious/Portal’, while Clark’s throttle is blurred, smoked, and submerged, highlighting the deep catharsis and trust that Sus Dog was evoking all along.

Cave Dog isn’t so much a remix album as it is a further honing of Clark’s craft, and a trip through his musical multiverse.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Vardo 6:10 Buy
  2. 2 Silver Pet Crank 4:18 Buy

    Silver Pet Crank

  3. 3 Medicine Doves 7:08 Buy

    Medicine Doves

  4. 4 Dolgoch Dry As Ash 4:46 Buy

    Dolgoch Dry As Ash

  5. 5 Domes of Pearl 1:16 Buy

    Domes of Pearl

  6. 6 Doamz Ov Pirl 3:04 Buy
  7. 7 Dismissed 2:49 Buy
  8. 8 Reformed Bully 5:45 Buy

    Reformed Bully

  9. 9 Unladder 1:31 Buy
  10. 10 Oblivious/Portal 6:48 Buy

    Oblivious/Portal

  11. 11 Pumpkin 2:06 Buy
  12. 12 Meadow Alien 3:44 Buy
  13. 13 Alyosha Lying 3:00 Buy
  14. 14 Disappeared Forest 3:01 Buy

    Disappeared Forest

  15. 15 Secular Holding Pattern 5:29 Buy

    Secular Holding Pattern

Vinyl Track List

Vardo
Silver Pet Crank
Alyosha Lying

Medicine Doves
Dolgoch Dry As Ash

Clark

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Throttle Records

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Electronic and Electronica

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