Clarian - Mission To Bars
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Mission To Bars

Release date: 04/12/15
genre: Tech-House
Format: Maxi / EP
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1. Space Noir
2. Mission To Bars
3. Ver (11 Am Mix)
Clarian - Mission To Bars


Rumoured to own a collection of vintage Jamie Principle figurines, living off a heady diet of cigarettes plus peanut butter and having been institutionalized at a human testing facility in a former life, there's only so much we can know for sure about CLARIAN - he's of Canadian origin, he's worked with Clockwork and Guy Gerber - while also wote and produced as part of infamous leftield pop crew Footprintz - and he fronts as A&R for Seth Troxler's Soft Touch imprint. That's a pretty solid portfolio for someone who's been billed as "transcendental house music producer". Which in turn is a good indication of what to expect from Clarian's debut offering on Kompakt: MISSION TO BARS comes fitted with three genre-trolling cuts shooting a bit closer to the dance floor than his earlier releases, but still keeping a lock on the unique character of his sound cosmos.

With the MISSION TO BARS triptych, CLARIAN essentially illustrates the story of an astronaut lost on a strange planet suspended in time - a story included in the vinyl release that he wrote while being alone in South Korea for a week, with its surreal, pulp-infused quality perfectly complimenting the music: hypnotic opener SPACE NOIR tells us about the astronaut's fantastic voyages through space and time - but it remains unclear if these adventures are the mere side effects of a vivid, delusional imagination. Banging title cut MISSION TO BARS finds him increasingly alienated from society and longing for his biggest love - whiskey. The smooth, mesmerizing VER (11 AM MIX) ties everything together and depicts our not-so-space-travelling hero sitting in a bar, with his mind in space and his body trying to indulge in his favorite booze! Seems like an appropriately surreal plot for the throbbing sub-basses, twisted vocal samples and rolling percussion - a deep, but surprisingly jaunty offering from Clarian that is brimming with left turns and idiosyncratic sound design!

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