Patternclear ‎– The Remorscode Demo

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June 2, 2012
Two tracks from PHIL CLARKE's CD "Remorsecode", both keeping to much the same midway BPM pace show a surprising rush forward in the maturity of his sound - the delicate, almost faultering feel of earlier works has gone and a rich, colourful Pop-Electronica has replaced it. The first track on this two-tracker places his influences very much in the early Eighties Electronic Pop of such people as ULTRAVOX (circa "Sleepwalk") and a pre-mature DEPECHE MODE, coupled with the more Nineties Technology-pushers - ie, FRONT 242 and perhaps even a latterday CHRIS & COSEY. The second track - the titler - is an instrumental full of bright sounds, full of bright ideas. Defying gravity, this upbeat track spreads it's wings and soars. This is pop music, there's no escaping that, but witha deft production and a much-more fleshed-out sound than CLARKE's earlier works (as both PATTERNCLEAR and as one half of STRESS).

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.