JEN­NIFER CLARK

Alan Reed bassist takes her turn in the spot­light.

Prog - - The Musical Box - DW

Of­ten found play­ing bass in Alan Reed’s band, Jen­nifer Clark turns leader with this five-track EP of in­stru­men­tals. Glas­gow-based Clark plays bass, gui­tar and keys, aided and abet­ted by fel­low Alan Reed band mem­ber Dar­ren Cal­low on gui­tar, with Andrew Sam­son from Scots al­ter­na­tive hip-hop group Stan­ley Odd on drums. The pro­duc­tion is gen­er­ally good, although sev­eral tracks fea­ture a dis­tress­ingly thin lead gui­tar tone that rears its ugly head from time to time. ReEn­try is the at­mo­spheric opener, with gui­tars lay­ered over Sam­son’s steady pulse. As­can, the ti­tle track, has a noc­tur­nal, brood­ing mood, while Eva sets a gen­tle, pas­toral prog pace. The har­monies of As­cen­dant aim for a 70s Steely Dan vibe but the stand­out of the bunch is the clos­ing track He­lio­sphere. The song be­gins with an Old­field-es­que acous­tic melody, grad­u­ally adding on new sounds and lay­ers un­til the whole pic­ture is re­vealed. At times the EP feels like a call­ing card for some­one seek­ing work com­pos­ing sound­tracks for film and TV, but sonic bug­bears aside, Clark’s de­but in the driv­ing seat shows com­po­si­tional prom­ise.

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