• cleared Drown (LP, £19.75)

    label: Immune

    “The duo weave long-form landscapes of rhythm and sound, texture and noise, drawing influence from abstract ambient electronica as much as lo-fi floor-core noise.” - Aquarius (Record of the Week). Cleared is the duo of Steven Hess and Michael Vallera, veterans of the Chicago experimental underground. Cleared integrate elements of minimalism and sound design with the textures and spirit of early dream pop, weaving seamlessly between classic ambience and narcotic experimental rock. Drown was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering and is pressed on virgin vinyl with a free download coupon. Steven Hess also performs in Locrian (Relapse Records), Pan-American (Kranky), Innode (Editions Mego), and Haptic (Entr’acte). Michael Vallera also performs as COIN (Opal Tapes) and with Joseph Clayton Mills as Maar (Entr’acte, Umor Rex). Tracklisting: 1. Flowers For Lead 2. Remote Ocean Prayer 3. Nights 4. Warmth 5. Mercury 6. Tracing Mirror 7. Drown

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