Boomkat Product Review:
Canadian ambient mainstay Scott Morgan conceived his latest album from a three minute fragment of orchestral music, which he subsequently stretched, squashed and splayed into ten melancholy movements. One for fans of GAS, Deaf Center, Marsen Jules et al.
Morgan has been a reliable fixture on the ambient circuit since the late 1990s, developing a musical language that has helped shape the genre. For 'Clara' he took a short sample of a 22-piece string orchestra in Budapest and used it to inform the development of the album. To add grit, he cut the initial three minute recording to a 7" acetate, then "scratched and abused" it to infuse the sounds with character.
It's actually difficult to perceive exactly where the original orchestral strings end and Morgan's well-worn processes begin. Each track sounds different, but there's a pervasive sense of European orchestral melancholy that underpins everything. It's like the buried grandeur of Wolfgang Voigt's time-shifting GAS material, or Marsen Jules' Arvo Pärt-influenced ambience. The music has the character of a movie soundtrack, but hones in on subtle shifts in an attempt to represent light, shadow and depth of field.