The name of Clark might still be largely synonymous with forward-thinking, inventive electronic music but a quick glance back over his recent projects reveals how he's been pursuing alternative musical avenues and exploring different sounds for some time now. Recent years have seen him venture into the world of soundtracks, whether scoring Adam Egypt Mortimer's 2019 psychological horror thriller Daniel Isn't Real or composing music for TV series like Kiri and The Last Panthers and these endeavours find their way strongly into ninth studio album Playground In A Lake. Clark has revealed that the album was influenced as much by two works of written philosophy as by musical considerations, specifically Infinite Resignation by Eugene Thacker and Denial Of Death by Ernest Becker.
Twenty years is a long time to do anything, no matter how well you do it. Even for an artist as restless as English electronic polymath Chris Clark, 20 years of poking and prodding at his hybridized sound might lose its zest. Connecting the dots of Clark's sizable discography, almost entirely released by Warp Records, is like clocking an earthquake tremor.