Walk the Distance

Walk the Distance

by Clara Hill


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Walk the Distance

Clara Hill's previous album, released six years prior to this one, was titled Sideways, and this could be called Many Other Ways -- a fragmentary, whimsical trip through several styles, none of which resemble the sweeping broken beat or elevating folk-soul of her past. Walk the Distance, recorded with Thomas Bucker, Hanno Leichtmann, Schneider TM, and a small number of other instrumentalists, certainly lacks the focus and brightness of Hill's 2007 album. It sounds like it was pieced together from several sessions spanning several years, with Hill too restless, or perhaps too apprehensive, to stick to one approach. However, there are a few sweet surprises, and a couple of them would make for fine singles. "Dripstone Cave" is melodic and bopping mid-fi electro-pop, resembling an early Lali Puna demo in the best possible way, while the ragged and slightly spaced-out "Lost Winter" evokes a not-as-spooky Broadcast. On several ambient cuts, like the album's introduction and conclusion, as well as "Insomnia" and "Walk the Distance," Hill uses her voice more as an instrument or additional texture. For listeners expecting an album that resembles a fluid continuation of Hill's first three albums, something filled with "proper songs" that showcases her songwriting and soothing melodies, this could be a major disappointment. They'll be puzzled, at the least, about the six minutes of barely-there ambient wash attached to the gentle acoustic ballad "Glacial Moraine." Regardless, this is a fascinating series of turns for Hill, whose adventurousness will hopefully remain.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Tapete Records
UPC: 4047179784825
catalogNumber: 272

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clara Hill   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Zither,Spinet,Omnichord
Stefan Leisering   Bass
Schneider TM   Guitar
Hanno Leichtmann   Organ,Celeste,Drums,Noise,Sampling,E-bow
Kalle Kalima   Guitar
Kai Fagaschinski   Clarinet
Tracey K   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stefan Leisering   Beat Programming
Schneider TM   Composer
Hanno Leichtmann   Producer,Vocal Effect,Beat Programming
Clara Hill   Composer,Producer,beats,Vocal Engineer,Cover Art,Guitar Engineer,Adjustments
Simon Whetham   Field Recording
Johannes Schwark   Cover Art
Thomas Bücker   Producer,Soundscape
Andrea Vollmer   Picture

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