World of Echo Explores A Produce’s The Clearing
World Of Echo describes The Clearing, which has just been re-released in expanded form by Independent Project Records. “The songs on which there are vocals recalls the more histrionic aspects of minimal wave and find kinship with their European brethren on Frequent Frenzy, Survival, even Mute. While I’m never one to turn my nose up at a little synthpop theatre, it’s on the instrumental pieces that The Clearing reveals its true value. Being based in California in the late 80s would make Barry Craig a contemporary of Marnie Weber and John J. Lafia, the music certainly speaks of a shared vision. Plaintive, moody and, at times, down right austere electronic excursions that suggest that the West Coast in the 80s and Germany in the 70s weren’t really that far apart. You could even go as far to understand this relationship as symbiotic – you can hear traces of what Kompakt would later gleam into sleek, tasteful minimalism.” Read more here.
The Clearing is at radio now.