Boomkat Product Review:
Arriving some four years after his Metanarrative LP on Modern Love, Manchester's Mark Stewart drops his long awaited third album, Reform Club, on Amsterdam's Delsin. For those of us who've followed Claro Intelecto's evolution closely, it's a joy to listen to: more confident than ever in the strength of his writing, Stewart explores slower tempos - without ever straying too far from a rugged 4/4 pulse - and deeper moods than before. The impeccably knackered-out 'Second Blood' nods to the recent work of his old mucker Andy Stott, while 'Quiet Life' and the tear-jerking 'Still Here' show off his aspirations to Vangelis-via-C2 synth majesty. 'It's Getting Late' and 'Blind Side' remind us of how expertly and absolutely he can lock down a dancefloor, but even in these cases there's real pathos at work -and the album is all the more thrilling and beautiful for it.