Boomkat Product Review:
Dead strong etheric elisions of chamber-jazz, trip hop and dream-pop from Bristol’s Tara Clerkin Trio, following up their acclaimed self-titled debut with a new EP of subdued but glowing reveries somewhere between Dominique Lawalrée's intimate parlour music, Third Eye Foundation's atmospheric configurations and the sort of skewed pop we'll always associate with the Laika x Moonshake axis.
The effortless drift of ’In Spring’ is the trio’s 2nd vinyl release after 2019’s eponymous debut and a tape with Dublin’s Weeding in 2020. It’s a distinctly Bristolian affair in its beatdown pacing and smoky atmosphere, which the label themselves compare to the roster orbiting the city’s Planet Records (Flying Saucer Attack, The Third Eye Foundation) in the ‘90s, with hints of a less noirish Portishead, or the sweeter ends of the Young Echo sound.
'Memory' dissolves into the atmosphere, all muted woodwind and organ moans that erupt into a half-time drum warble; if trip-hop is back in 2021, "In Spring" recalls the genre's most low-key and thus enduring moments, while harmonizing with the wyrd-world narco-pop abstraction of contemporary forces Cucina Povera and Leila Sakini.
Their elegant chamber sashay ‘Done Before’ carries Tara’s vocals on beautifully buoyant string and piano phrases trimmed with a sort of tripped sensibility, and ‘Night Steps’ pushes that aspect with crushed drums and filtered vox that feel like Teresa Winter on a Portishead track, and their nuanced range finally reaches into a sort of modal, 4th world lounge style recalling Julia Holter via Air on the impessively accomplished title tune.
A quietly brilliant, memorable record >> Tipped!