The list of drummers that have found their way from the back of the stage into the limelight is, well, it’s pretty short & mostly rooted in the post-prog pop landscape of England in the 70’s. This is an appropriate reference point for Cale Parks who has held down the rhythm and pulse in such critically acclaimed & adventurous “indie rock” bands as Aloha, White Williams & Cex. His solo work has, since it’s inception been a foray deep into texture, rhythm, pure sound and onwards into the heart of the song. His 2006 album “Illuminated Manuscript” owes as much to his classically trained precision (He studied as an orchestral percussionist) as it does to his ear for melancholy, summoning comparisons with the repetition of Steve Reich, the sadness of Arvo Part & the electronic textures of Mum. 2008’s “Sparklace” builds all these aspects into a more structured whole indebted to the dark 80s british electronics of New Order and Depeche Mode. Never content to rest on his laurels, as Sparklace hit the shelves Cale has already finished the recording of his 3rd LP, “To Swift Mars” which will see release in 2009. This record will come to be seen as his mission statement, where he combines the textural lessons learned from his previous works with a greater mastery of songwriting and a more organic instrumentation.
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