INDEX is set to finish the year on high with one of the most exciting new talents in electronic music today, the Warp Records man of the moment, CLARK. With comparisons made to the mighty APHEX TWIN, Clark has been turning heads for some time and his most recent album "Totem‚Äôs Flare" has been widely touted as one of dance music's records of the year.
The unique sound that CLARK has demonstrated that he‚Äôs the primary torch bearer amongst a new generation of artists who continue the vision that Warp was built on. Making innovative and boundary pushing electronic music that is difficult to replicate, CLARK's arsenal of beats will complimented by what is a killer local support lineup.
Local WARP Records artist HARMONIC 313 has promised something special for his last appearance at VOID party for 2009. With a recent release on KODE 9's, HYPERDUB label and one forthcoming on MALA's, DEEP MEDI MUSIC, Mark is one artist who is also making massive waves internationally.
SUB BASS SNARL are back! It's been a while since these boys have done their thing at a VOID party and amazingly this is their first INDEX appearance. The mighty Seb and Luke Snarl have had this gig on the books for some months now and its the perfect lineup and venue for them to bring all their gadgets and twist things up in their own unique style. LORNA CLARKSON and VICTIM will glitch things up to a whole new level also covering everything from TECHNO, ELECTRONICA and IDM, yes IDM!
CLARK (Warp / Planet Mu)
HARMONIC 313 (Warp / Hyperdub)
SUB BASS SNARL
Friday December 4th, 2009 / Civic Underground / Pitt and Goulburn St / City
10pm ‚Äì 4am / $20 + BF presale from Qjump.com.au and Inthemix.com.au
CLARK PRESS RELEASE
Widely touted as "the next Aphex Twin", Warp Records' newest rising star, Chris Clark, has returned with his newest masterpiece, 'Totem‚Äôs Flare'. Hot on the heals of his critically lauded 'Growl's Garden' EP earlier this year, the new album is a triumphant mesh of breakneck dance music, baroque melodics, driving techno, and brash electro.
Signing to legendary UK imprint, Warp Records (Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Squarepusher, Battles) at 20, while still studying at Bristol University, Clark's potential to evolve from a young prodigy into a prolific and acclaimed musician was always apparent. Yet eight years and five albums on, the release of 'Totem's Flare' sees Clark display much more than that. It‚Äôs hyperactive intellect, its technically dazzling detail, its production finesse, and its insidiously melodic hooks, mark out what could only be perceived as the masterwork of one this generation‚Äôs finest electronic artists.
There is musicianship at work ‚Äì Chris uses guitar, drums and piano, albeit unrecognisably heavily processed, and his programming is virtuosic ‚Äì but there is no noodling here, nor is there any sense that this is music only for the cognoscenti. As Chris says "the ridiculous brute force of modern pop engineering is definitely not something I've ever shied away from" ‚Äì and that is the context in which this album needs to be heard. Described as the culmination of a "trilogy" ‚Äì which began with the elaborate melodics of 2006's 'Body Riddle', and continued with the hard dancefloor drive of 2008‚Äôs 'Turning Dragon' ‚Äì 'Totem's Flare' combines the key qualities of earlier releases, while increasing the ambition, scale and panache.
Having garnered respect across the musical spectrum ‚Äì sharing stages with the likes of Luke Vibert, Amon Tobin, and Tortoise; and doing remix work for the likes of Friendly Fires, Maximo Park and M.A.N.D.Y ‚Äì Clark manages to infuse electronics with enough instantly-memorable riffs and immediately thrilling dynamics to give it a shocking degree of mass appeal.
INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR CLARK
CLASH - "If you ignore these next 77 words then your life will never be the same. Clark has forged his best record EVER‚Ä¶ it's the best dance music we‚Äôve heard in 2009. Simple."
MIXMAG - "he has managed to combine the brute force of 'Turning Dragon' with the melodic sophistication of his earlier work, and frankly it sounds MASSIVE. The snarling bass, kicking breaks and waves of sound of the title track could teach the Chemical Bros a thing or two about stadium sized dynamics ‚Ä¶ it's simply awesome ‚Äì in every sense of the word."
DEAZED AND CONFUSED - "The maginificent Totems Flare manages to do something no one could have predicted - Clark has made all the geeks want to dance"
FLUX -"Sure to be one of eletronica's highlights of the year"
METRO -"Excellent: Clark's Totems Flare is a lot of fun"
TIME OUT -"All All Round Killer"
CLASH - "Clark has forged his best record EVER‚Ä¶ This is the sound of Clark having fun. And it‚Äôs the best dance music we've heard in 2009. Simple"