Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Watch Clark’s “Missed Opportunities”

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Seattle’s Watch Clark released their sophomore album First Week of Winter on October 31.

Synthesized-electronics composer and Watch Clock braintrust Paul Furio had his new 10-track LP engineered by Kasson Crooker of Symbion Project which means high-end sound provided by Crooker’s skills.

The whole of the First Week Of Winter is analog-synthetic and digitally processed EBM oriented synth-pop music that holds quite a lot of interesting hints and surprises. Watch Clark’s music reminds me a lot of the Seattle’s iconic Assemblage 23 with an aesthetic difference that slightly separates them–Watch Clark don’t have that heavy, bruised A23 sound. Also, lyrically they’re not as depresssing as A23, but they play the same melodic electro-pop.

“Missed Opportunities” is a synth-pop tune based on the early 80’s electro-pop style that gave birth to the complex architectural arrangements of everyone from Kraftwerk to early teenage pioneers D.M.

 

The LP features 10 tracks where they deliver an album that is cleverly layered in pronounced modular synthesizers and a heavy melodic aesthetic between light and darkness. This is a synth pop kaleidoscope that sounds fresh while echoing classic synthpop artists such as Depeche Mode (as mentioned before ), which is not surprising considering that these British pioneers number among their main creative influences, along with Nine Inch Nails and Duran Duran.

All songs written and performed by Paul Furio
Mixing, production and additional programming by Kasson Crooker
Mastering by LANDR

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