The second major label outing from Imogen Clark breaks with the rustic sonic palette of Love & Lovely Lies (2016). A frequently brooding note of high drama pervades Collide, which finds Clark grappling with the unending pitfalls and betrayals of burgeoning maturity. Produced by Mark Lizotte (Diesel), it’s an album of brilliant polish and expansive genre crossover, drawing on alt. country influences including 90s-era Ryan Adams (‘Strike a Pose’) and alt. rock royalty the Cranberries alike. Striking an ominous note, ‘Collide’ sees Clark propelled into an uncertain future by a relentlessly locomotive backbeat and portentous guitars. ‘Late Night Girl’
thrills with urgency and tentative hope, ‘Tear It Down’ is a mesmeric reflection on a relationship in flux, while irresistible album highlight ‘Your Anything At All’
is a reeling, fiddle-daubed, banjo-driven romp through the heart’s fallibility. Ratcheting up both songwriting stakes and sonic intensity, Clark touches eloquently on the profound uncertainties that mark us all.