Clark has released “Small,” the first preview of his new album Playground in a Lake.
The UK electronic artist invited intriguing new guests into the fold for the record, as The Quietus reports. These include string ensembles, Oliver Coates on cello, Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor on clarinet and Rakhi Singh on violin. Vocalists on the album include Afrodeutsche, Kieran Brunt and a 12-year-old choir boy.
As Pitchfork notes, Clark broke down the process behind Playground in a Lake as follows: “I started thinking about my favorite kind of string arrangements, like Scott Walker records, where they exist amongst contrasting elements. Then I started to approach the album from a dark folk place, also with this heavy ’70s synth style. Then came the improvisation of musique concrète, and some of my favorite modern classical and sound design obsessions, and then it clicked.”
Playground in a Lake, which Clark has also described as “a story about real climate change, but told in mythological terms,” follows the producer’s soundtrack for the 2019 horror film Daniel isn’t Real and the album Kiri Variations.
Hear “Small” below before the album drops on March 26 via Deutsche Grammophon: