Clark Announces New Album “Sus Dog” due May 26th via Throttle Records & Produced by Thom Yorke, Tour Dates & New Single Shared

January 24, 2023
 David Ellis

Clark Announces New Album “Sus Dog” due May 26th via Throttle Records

Produced by Thom Yorke

Tour Dates & New Single Shared

On May 26th Chris Clark presents ‘Sus Dog’; his tenth studio album and the first to fully focus on his voice. Released on his own burgeoning label, Throttle Records, the record was mentored and executive produced by Thom Yorke, who sings and plays bass on the track ‘Medicine’. 

“Chris wrote me to say he’d started singing, looking for feedback/advice or whatever, cuz it was kind of new shark-infested waters for him. I’ve been into what he does for years, and I ended up being a kind of backseat driver as he pieced all the oddness of it together, which was fascinating”, comments Thom Yorke.

“I wasn’t surprised to discover he came at singing and words through another door completely, which to me was the most interesting and exciting part. The first thing he sent me was him singing about being stuck between two floors and I was already sold. To me the way he approached it all wasn’t the usual singer songwriter guff thank god; it mirrored the way he approached all his composition and recording, but this time it had a human face. His face.”

Clark has shared the track “Town Crank” taken from the forthcoming record, promiscuous percussive elements, and this mesmeric traction will hook you immediately. The atmosphere light yet lasting.

Unlike previous LP ‘Playground In A Lake’, which turned impending ecological doom into beautiful dark art, on ‘Sus Dog’ Clark often sounds uplifting, albeit in his own inimitable way.

Purveying a sort of skewed-psychedelic-hardcore-dream-pop-brilliance, prior to beginning Clark “kept on thinking ‘what would it sound like if The Beach Boys took MDMA and made a rave record?’”. This early seed grew into something epic – abundant with aural and poetic depth, clues, inferences and in-jokes. It’s clearly brilliant and immediately enjoyable, but there’s much to unpack: It’s a big but tantalizing undertaking, where plenty more treasure can be discovered amidst layers of ambiguity, obliqueness and abstraction. 

The most apparent central juxtaposition here is the high-voltage synth power combined with delicate falsetto vocals, emphatically exploring the human condition; a complex, distant cousin of the ‘keep pushin’ positivity found in 90s house music. Dealing with “all these mixed emotions, clashing, crooked emotions, at war with yourself, acting out”, Chris captures the modern day, overloaded malaise. We can all be weird, or awkward, or struggling, and that’s okay. We’re all just trying to get by. This aural companion is uplifting, excitable, troubled, conflicted and beautiful all at once, much like we all can be. 

North America tour dates:

Thu 6/15/2023 New York, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri 6/16/2023 Montreal, QC Newspeak
Sat 6/17/2023 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground
Sun 6/18/2023 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Tue 6/20/2023 Vancouver, WA Hollywood Theatre
Wed 6/21/2023 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thu 6/22/2023 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Fri 6/23/2023 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Sat 6/24/2023 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room

European festivals – more festival and headline dates to follow:

28 April Istanbul Sonar
17 May Lyon Nuits Sonores
2 June London EartH
9 June Katowice Tauron Nowa Muzyka

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