Danny Clay: Ocean Park (laaps, 2020)

July 6, 2020 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Danny Clay: Ocean Park

Danny Clay makes gorgeous, expansive music using seemingly any tools available, including toys and found objects. Ocean Park, the fourth release on laaps (a successor to eilean rec.), is an ambient chamber work which continuously ebbs and flows. It’s played by a string trio and a harmonium player, with Clay utilizing a music box, combs, turntables, and his own voice. Some parts of it are gently frayed as if it’s all being played through an old gramophone or a decaying tape reel, yet it’s largely not as lo-fi-sounding as you would expect. The flowing strings are soothing, and the scratchy static noises are prevalent, but they still let the cleaner elements of the music breathe. I can only imagine audiophile classical music purists listening to this and being thoroughly confused and/or annoyed, but that speaks to my sensibilities. Incredibly lovely, especially the end.

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