A mix of melancholic ambiance, power-synths and minimal industrial sounds.
Out of the Phoenix area comes DAV!D&CLARA, an independent electronic-industrial music act, consisting of David Castillo aka DAV!D and CLARA -David’s computer! Castillo says he was inspired to become a musician and to write songs after seeing Gwen Stefani’s music video for her 2004 solo single “What you waiting for?”.
He also claims to be heavily influenced by the 80’s music era and Nine Inch Nails. DAV!D is vocally self-taught, and also by singing along to Roisin Murphy’s “Overpowered” album.
DAV!D&CLARA’s previously released album “Emotion Machine”, took 2 years to reach completion. Now they have released a new album entitled “H/U/M/A/N/”, which DAV!D describes as “a small collection of love songs, life, sex, violence, and epiphany.” Musically “H/U/M/A/N/” takes over where “Emotion Machine” left off.
Music that makes you feel a lot of emotion is art and art is subjective. These are strange times for art in general however. The youth have real worries and troubles, much more so than any pretentious underground music scene ready to explode on the mainstream could seem to handle. As a result we get cocky rappers, pop bands and EDM music filling in the gaps, while real talent seems wasted on underpaying and under-appreciating audiences.
DAV!D&CLARA fall into the latter group. The album is a mix of melancholic ambiance, power-synths and minimal industrial sounds, which are dominated by DAV!D’s low-key and understated dark vocals.
I still haven’t decided if the album is more tormenting or more consoling to my karma, as DAV!D&CLARA worm their way into my head. From “Las Vegas” to “Roborok” and “Unconditionally” to “Drop It”, “My Darkness” and “Robotic”, this album bridges the synth sounds from the 80’s and 90’s to now, and in many places is reminiscent of Depeche Mode without all the dance rhythms and production embellishments.
DAV!D&CLARA prefer to keep their sound as minimal as possible – synths and vocals – allowing the moods, tones and timbres to construct a pathway to the listener’s ear.
“H/U/M/A/N/”, has a retro-‘synth’-etic quality mixed with the layered soundscape moodiness that is by now classic DAV!D&CLARA. It is one of those albums where you hear new nuances every time you listen to it.
The genius of “H/U/M/A/N/”, is the way it envelops you in its emotion, forcing you to look deep into the darker angles of life! It is moving and powerful. With each play-through you’ll appreciate the complexity and profound depth of the music, created from a set of simple sounds. DAV!D&CLARA has succeeded in creating something that is leftfield of today’s electronic music; making it worthy to be called a work of art.
The fact that the album is available for a “name your own price”, or “free” deal over at BANDCAMP, just makes the whole listening experience so much sweeter!