Timothy Clerkin - Knife Edge Heart

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Fresh from starting his own label Insult To Injury, Timothy Clerkin returns to Ransom Note Records with the 'Knife Edge Heart' EP. Three tracks of stirring techno for dark basements and warm hearts. Timothy is a very interesting man, but he’s also the sort of person who’d rather let his music do the talking, so we’ll move on swiftly.

The MVP here is ‘Knife Edge Heart’, an unabashed pop song whose shimmering exterior is cut through with flashes of steely darkness. Frequent collaborator Natalie Reiss’ glacial voice is held at the perfect level of remove, while Timothy allows his love of shoegaze to blossom with a guitar line that seems to extend like a ladder to the stars.

‘With You’ bridges Timothy’s opposing impulses, balancing sparkling synths and a celestial vocal sample with churning low-end, while ‘Divisive’ is paranoid warehouse techno at its very best. With his debut solo album out soon on Phantasy, Gabe Gurnsey of Factory Floor stops by for a lurching, seasick remix of ‘Knife Edge Heart’ that sounds like the onset of the robot apocalypse we’ve all been promised for so long.

After cutting his teeth as one half of Eskimo Twins, Timothy launched his solo career in 2014 under the now-retired Heretic moniker. He’s since released on labels including Throne of Blood, Hard Fist and Days of Being Wild. Timothy’s last release on R$N was the 'Serenade' EP, which brought us plenty of special moments last year - most memorably Andrew Weatherall closing out his Houghton quarry set with ‘Execute’. Here’s to many more this summer and beyond.

Vinyl, 12", EP

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