Branden Clarke is unassuming, a shadow turning behind his songs.
Clarke is IG88, and he shares the love. A prolific solo producer and remixer. The primary producer for both the electrosoul goddess Shaprece and midnight hour-dwelling rap group Triceracorn. A performer sharing stages with the likes of Battles, Tycho, SZA and Odesza. Part-time friend to all living creatures.
There’s nature and grit married to hope and longing in the music: expansive, sweeping landscapes painted with syrup synths and found sounds plucked from the air around him. He fashions breathy, swamp gas compositions from a warped life and a perspective forced out of a bent smile: beats with broken wind chimes, paper airplanes hitting a wooden door, fine silverware in the hands of a restless drummer. He’s skipping rocks on the ocean on an overcast day. He’s handing you a blanket that’s both wet and warm.
The 2013 release of Breathing Suit saw a matured sound and style that Clarke developed on the way from grunge rock roots to ambient beauty machine. Together with friends Jenni Potts, Bed of Stars and Michael Harris haunting his instrumentals, he birthed a record full of dark, sharp lullabies that had Seattle-based publications City Arts Magazine and the Stranger proclaiming him a “production maestro” producing “silky, tear-streaked beauty.”