You're Welcome w/ Clarian + Tobin Ellsworth b2b Benjamin K
Born into a mid 80s cultural landscape suffused with the gentle angst of "The Breakfast Club," Clarian grew up in Montreal and began recording and composing as a teenager when suburban kids were falling asleep
to Radiohead's "The Bends."
It's this arc of referents--80s film, the quiet despair of New Wave, the solemn sublime of late 90s indie--that circumferences his productions, which have been released on various house labels du jour, such as Visionquest, Supplement Facts, and Life & Death.
Clarian first appeared on the dance music map with the release of Footprintz's "Utopia" EP (2011) which garnered endless critical acclaim, and culminated on year-end music magazine charts, such as DJ Mag.
But "Utopia" is not just the name of an EP. Instead the longing for a utopian world provides the impetus for Clarian's productions. From lyrics to instrumentation, Clarian looks for beauty in lost romances and magic in the everyday and ordinary. More interestingly, perhaps, Clarian also looks for a kind of desperation in the beautiful.
We hear this sonic complexity in his recent solo work from this summer's aching and epic single, "Shine", for Life & Death--a dance track that does not hide behind the anonymityand banality of beats and cheap crescendos. "Shine" is unafraid to shine, unafraid to be beautiful, unafraid to be music.
Clarian is currently in LA, where he plays chess and performs his haunting gothic mystical romance music amid the sweet surrender of swinging drums andthe permanence of synths.