Release Date: May 28, 2021
Record label: Kranky
Elegiac, poignant, ponderous: Clara inhabits these emotions for its 70-minute duration, an immersive experience drawn from a limited sample source for maximum sonic coherency. Loscil, the electronica/ambient project from Vancouverite Scott Morgan, aims for hypnosis, with chord sequences and loops stretching out effortlessly and indefinitely, but utilises a judicious range of tricks to keep the record moving along. Lux kicks things off naturalistically as grand orchestral swells are offset by sustained higher notes, a contrast reminiscent of crashing waves and a full moon's glow.
Over his 22-year career, Scott Morgan (a.k.a. Loscil) has crafted music based on various conceptual muses, be it visual and musical (as with the photographs of clouds and piano samples on 2019's Equivalents) or even existential (life's resistance to dark forces on 2016's Monument Builders). Clara, his 13th LP -- and first after a two-year excursion that consisted of him taking on audio-visual projects -- finds the Canadian artist undergoing his most regulated confines yet. The 10-track LP is pulled from a single source; a three-minute composition taken from a 22-piece string orchestra in Budapest, Hungary.