Music Review | posted 14.06.2021
Loscil
Clara
Kranky, 2021
Text Björn Bischoff , Translation Sebastian Hinz
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On what is now his fourteenth album as Loscil, Scott Morgan once again reshapes music. This time light, shadow and decay provide the concept. But the Canadian does many things differently on »Clara« than colleagues like The Caretaker or William Basinski, who worked with similar mental superstructures to their sound. While there you can hear either the decay of the human spirit or the western world, Loscil creates a much more tangible sound, which not only covers an existential emptiness. Originally, the ten pieces once belonged to a single three-minute composition of a 22-piece string orchestra. Accordingly, »Clara« seems more epic in its drone and ambient. »Aura« literally quakes, here and there individual traces of violins can be made out, which already set the atmosphere in »Stella«. A feeling of the infinite conjures up this, according to the press text – and so really can not be contradicted. But on “Clara” it is not infinity that spreads out in all directions. For the shadows and the uncertain take up most of this album. The fact that no rhythm dictates anything is part of the genre, but the fact that the sounds change so eerily easily that everything remains incomprehensible is what makes »Clara« stand out. Loscil did not deconstruct a composition here, nor did he distort it. He isolated a piece of culture, exposed it and brought out a completely different essence, a different beauty. This album is like looking at the starry night sky – beautiful and yet so frightening.

Please find »Clara« by Loscil in the webshop of HHV Records: Vinyl LP
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