Casper Clausen Shares Debut Album ‘Better Way’ Ahead Of Official Release Tomorrow via City Slang
With the official release date set for his birthday tomorrow, Casper Clausen, frontman of Efterklang and adjacent project Liima, unveils his debut album ‘Better Way’ via City Slang – streaming now in full.
On this first solo venture Casper Clausen exhibits a sense of ingenuity and musical exploration, unrestricted by formats, genres and collective goals. He presents a kaleidoscopic album journeying new terrain, twisting dense textures and swirls of sound into tales of alienation and love.
Deeply rooted in his residency in Lisbon, Portugal, the songs came together through snatched moments between tours and was mixed in the hills outside the city by Sonic Boom of Spaceman 3.
“It’s a record about finding a better way, loving stronger, falling harder” he says. And through eight tracks of sparkling, light-filled explorations Clausen channels moods and sounds with a sense of unbridled freedom, optimism and inquisitive liberty, touching on elements of krautrock, avant-pop and progressive rock, whilst the delicate, bassy vocal refrains and expansive approach to composition is unmistakably the Casper Clausen fans have come to know.
‘Better Way’ streaming & purchase links: http://casperclausen.lnk.to/betterway
‘Better Way’ track list:
1. Used To Think
2. Feel It Coming
3. Dark Heart
4. Snow White
5. Falling Apart Like You
6. Little Words
7. 8 Bit Human
8. Ocean Wave
Listen to the release below-
Better Way is a musical marvel. A vast exploration that reaches it’s own new textural depths, intently momentous and capturing the creative force of this unique sound artist.
In its entirety, Better Way offers one of the most gripping and momentous explorations as we experience Casper Clausen delving deeper and deeper into their own creative universe and capturing that expansive vision within their orchestrations. As Clausen’s impulsive yet expansive soundscape alters throughout the entire record, we can hear the fragile placement of each foundation within all tracks being delicately built and continues to develop with the use of additional textures, waves, tweaks and tones.
To fully appreciate the ground that Better Way covers, you need to hear the album in full. You experience the highs and lows, Casper crafts tracks that engulf you into the intensive structures. Playing with addictive melodies and captivating vocals that dazzle throughout and share the bold lyrical journey. Casper delivers such a broad elevated atmosphere that shines bright.
Casper Clausen possesses this vocal harmony which can draw comparisons from the likes of Greg Dulli to Justin Vernon, that power is present throughout each lyrical journey. The vocal harmony just draws the audience in as Casper decides on the ferocity through their far-reaching notes or their ability to capture fragility within their tone.
Casper Clausen’s creative tendencies dynamically alter throughout and tracks such as Dark Heart and Ocean Wave both provide their own calming intensity. Both compositions have their own soft and gentle vibe that forces the audience to slow down and appreciate each element carefully crafted to create this composition. The brooding vocals fluctuate between the consuming electronic waves that cascade throughout this exploration. Dark Heart shares a more reflective attitude. Casper Clausen carefully uses their impulsive yet expansive soundscape to develop its own atmosphere through the use of playful textures, addictive waves, tweaks, and tones. Standout tracks such as “Used To Think” captures the sporadic unpredictability of an artist who gains traction in the experimental waves that focus on infectious rhythms.