Boomkat Product Review:
After reminding us of his curatorial genius with a reissue of Frank Dommert’s Kiefermusik on his Pacific City Sound Visions label, Spencer Clark (The Skaters, Monopoly Child Star Searchers +++) surveys The Stimulated Australia on his first ever real-name release, proper.
We’re not sure what has prompted Clark to use his government name, but it would appear that this is perhaps the truest representation of the sounds in his swede; a place “…where lorikeets and ocean waves serve as a counterpoint for beautiful,light background airs”, and where “the recorder cunningly observes a building where the tourist forages, and fascinates the sounds of lands that are forever spiritual to the native”, whatever the fxckity fxck that means.
As you might hope for, or expect, from a Spencer Clark release, the levels of ambiguity are subtle but playfully high on this one. We’d point to the knowing discrepancy between the spelling of the album title, The Stimulated Australia, and the track title The Simulated Australia as a clue; is its 22 minutes of lapping waves, cicadas and piercing lorikeet calls a manufactured fantasia or a real document? Or does it even matter? Likewise with Study For The World Of Shells - are we listening to a room recording of a drifting synth performance layered with location recordings, or simply immersed in a field recording from an aquarium in Belgium with a sweet ambient soundtrack?
We leave those questions for you to answer, and add your own, but either way this is a satisfyingly liminal, detached, and almost voyeuristic listening experience. A barely there but vital addition to Clark’s catalogue.