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Clark, Todd Tamanend – “Nova Psychedelia ” – [Anopheles]

anthony fremont   6/17/2006   A Library, CD

Voluminous double CD of 150 plus minutes culled from rare vinyl and 8 track recordings between 1975-1985 by this obscure experimental psych influenced Western Pennsylvania outsider. Clark’s fascination with the Moog synthesizer is evident throughout most of the recordings (seven different Moog models total), lending a surreal lo-fi sci-fi soundtrack feel. Wedged between the murky electronic soundscapes lie several 60’s freak beat influenced guitar driven scorchers including a few classic covers (see booklet). Clark’s spooky and bizarre vocals add a chilling effect with varied elements of spoken word delivery revealing nightmarish visions along with messages of peace, love, death and human anatomy. The insightful booklet liner notes detail the background on each track as it pertained to Clark’s life experience at the time of recording. An intriguing and revealing document on the wide spectrum of sounds by an underexposed artist finally receiving his due. – AFremont

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