Boomkat Product Review:
Bristol’s quietly revelatory Tara Clerkin Trio usher an immaculate 3rd gem of hybrid folk-jazz-classical-downbeat rave chamber music and dremapop with their return trip for London’s World of Echo, RIYL Hydroplane, A.R. Kane, Portishead, Laila Sakini
The band head up another beautifully refined and supine session with ‘On the Turning Ground’ after cult acclaim for their eponymous 2019 debut and 2021’s ‘In Spring’. They typically and effortlessly stick to sparingly innovative cross-pollinations of styles on this new one, perhaps most notably on a titular, baroque slow rave going like Filter Dread meets Teresa Winter. It’s the end of summer salvo of our dreams, ripened for harvest dances and gently escaping a world out of joint.
Aye that title track is an instant winner, and shares a grooving undercurrent with the more dub-wise ‘World in Delay’, where seismic Bristolian vibrations surface like a less maudlin Portishead, resolving with wickedly off key jazz notes. The other three tunes catch them in measuredly introspective (but not glum) mode, tidily drifting along streams of ferric hiss, rippling marimba and accordion into a hazy fantasy like Don Cherry meets A.R. Kane on the downbeat slunk of ‘Brigstow’, and puckering up a gently vibrant, romantic ballad urged by daydreamy shuffle drums and a soft bassline on ‘Marble Walls’, folding a lute riff into loopy origami on the glorious, pastoral fade to close of ‘Once Again’. Magnificent.