UK songwriter and producer Clarence Readability is greatest identified for his work behind the scenes of different artists. Particularly, his artistic partnership with Rina Sawayama put Readability on the map as one of the crucial modern pop producers within the sport immediately. His personal work falls someplace close to the left of the post-dubstep spectrum, in the identical group chat as Hudson Mohawke but in addition lo–fi hip hop beats to check/calm down to. Glitchy, scattered, a bit DIY, Readability extrapolates from kinds like bass’n’breaks, lure, futurebass, and wonky. However as removed from the nu-metal-meets-The Neptunes-meets-Cheiron Studios sound of Sawayama as his personal music appears, Readability has all the time possessed an affinity for a superb hook. Although acerbic or jarring, there’s all the time a pop sensibility hiding beneath all of the grime and swagger. Quietly self launched on-line, his newest album UNRECORDED HISTORY is not any totally different, although it could be essentially the most obscure we’ve heard Readability so far.
UNRECORDED HISTORY occurs from a distance. It’s a tool Readability chooses, the album notes saying merely: this album doesn’t exist, you have to be dreaming. Most songs sound like they’re taking part in underwater, a generously utilized low-pass filter submerging the music so deep that solely waves of bass and echo-like highs cross via. The Mary Rose and Coup D’état are awash with refined water sounds, imprecise narrative clues that may recommend UNRECORDED HISTORY takes place on the backside of an ocean of goals, or nightmares. These songs, and the wryly titled Clarence Readability sounds just like the improper prescribed drugs, sound most like broody hip-hop, R&B, and lure, filtered by Readability via layers of dense distortion and delay in order that they arrive out virtually post-punk. Millennial Dread is recognisable as swagger-on-stupid hype rap, however it comes out sounding just like the work of an underground noise band or Perturbator. The excellently unhinged Timber That Sprout From Your Human Physique turns drill into industrial goth by the use of 9 Inch Nails. By making use of the gadgets of those extra various kinds to hip-hop, Readability arrives at one other form of style play so as to add to his arsenal. His stylistic dexterity is spectacular. Few different producers are capable of code change genres in the way in which Readability does, whereas retaining the skeleton of what makes these genres enticing.
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Largely an idea file, UNRECORDED HISTORY is an intriguing however cerebral hear. It’s a little bit of a mediation on the depths of melancholy and dissociation, and whereas sonically it breaks new floor for him, it’s nonetheless a really Clarence Readability file. It reaches again for obscure mid-2000’s references, just like the form of bed room produced dreampop and slowcore shoegaze of Sleep Celebration Individuals, whereas sustaining a powerful pop framework beneath all of the fuzz. Readability exterior the lens of one other artist continues to show himself as a talented sonic engineer, and whereas its roughness at occasions grows tiresome, UNRECORDED HISTORY is a testomony of him as an indeniable visionary.
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