In musical terms a “fugue” refers to “a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.” Clinton Van Arnam has created a composition that centers around melodies generating patterns and abstractions as they counteract with one another. A fugue can also refer to “a state or period of loss of awareness of one’s identity, often coupled with flight from one’s usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy.” It’s easy to see why the word can inspire two different definitions. Burrowing into Clinton Van Arnam’s track it is sometimes difficult to feel like you have solid footing. A melody may change, twist or contort itself on the next cycle, creating a ghostly double of itself. Solid ground shifting under sound. Its a beautifully and beguilingly complex piece that offers more on every repeated listen.

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