After the not-quite-reissue of »Prince of Parrot Shooters/The Aqueducts of Cannel Island«, wide-eyed mystic and tireless searcher of the netherworld Spencer Clark returns to the Discrepant fold with »Barbados Wild Horses« under his Monopoly Child Star Searchers moniker. Recorded while Clark was living in the Canary Island’s by Tupperware and Lagoss’ Dani Tupper, ‘Barbados Wild Horses’ brims with insular romanticism and escapist bliss, with sunkissed synth-lines interwoven around his trademark hand percussion bouncy rhythms reflecting the scenery of the islands as a liberating utopia.
With track titles taking an almost self explanatory stance, the album starts with the crepuscular vibes of »Upper Romantico«, a poetic meditation on the lovelorn potential of the fading sunlight, setting the tone for the rest of the tour. »Lava Tube Solos on Horseback«, the first of two tracks featuring Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones, sees the latter’s guitar noodles riding the cascading rhythms and digital choir harmonies while in »Neopreno Antiguo« he solos freely around an hypnotic synth line. Finishing off the escapade, »Nightcharcos Punta Brava« drifts in ethereal starlit contemplation, with the percussion taking a more backseat approach, setting into a steady pulse for Clark’s gliding synth tapestries. Nightswimming as transcendence. Another piece of the fascinating puzzle Clark’s been assembling for over two decades now, ‘Barbados Wild Horses’ glimmers with a laid back sensibility that’s as unhinged as enveloping. Not an easy feat by any measure. Clark succeeds again.