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Ambient hyper-chamber musings from Spencer Clark in Fourth World Magazine mode, pulping tropes from Hassell and Toop into FM synth vapours and molten goo on his expansive first missive with Portland, Maine's Poole Music - highly recommended listening if yr into 0PN, James Ferraro/The Skaters, László Hórtobagyi, Christian Love Forum, T C F.
‘Neoplatonic Aquatic Symposiums’ conjures a heady 75 minutes inside the mind of Spencer Clark, a renowned pioneer of the C.21st style known as “vaporwave” and an influential presence since his early work with with a fellow, teenaged James Ferraro in The Skaters. While The Skaters’ paths diverged in the past decade, Clark and his former bandmate have lost none of their lust for unusual and inexplicable musical sensations, with Clark’s own releases leaning toward a sort of playfully pataphysical take on ambient music that leaps off into wildest fantasy styles that cock a snook at vaporwave’s calcified conventionality.
Rather than flogging a dead, pixelated horse, Clark has continued to intrepidly scythe thru the undergrowth of his imagination with multiple avatars (Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Etrusca 3D, Typhonian Highlife) that all spell out a singular sort of dream cartography or treasure map for contemporary and future zoners to relish and pore over, reaching its most substantial and impressive iteration on this new double album and zine.
Prizing a style of extended, psychedelic, melodic thought that feels like a vestige of the last century carried over into this one, 'Neoplatonic Aquatic Symposiums’ follows Clark’s fingers across the keys in eternally unsteady flights of fancy and impressionistic pseudo-ethno-musicality that perhaps more than ever distinguish and bridge the gap between human expression and its ever encroaching AI mirrorworld.