RALPH PORTER TALKS ABOUT GO UNDER AND DV CLARK DV Clark grew up in Pendleton, Oregon and currently lives in Spokane, Washington. He has been a professional guitarist and singer-songwriter since high school. His musicianship has always exhibited uncompromising originality, and his song lyrics an equally uncompromising artistic integrity. Over the years since the mid 70s, Doug has home-recorded a series of albums and released them independently, as well as on small labels like Portland's Tombstone Records. His latest effort, GO UNDER, was recorded over several years in apartments on digital multi-track recorders, and represents I think a real triumph for Doug and a demonstration that a musician with virtually no budget and no help whatsoever, except for the occasional drummer, can create a genuine work of art. GO UNDER has great songs, intriguing and often haunting lyrics, brilliant inventive production, rich sonic textures, and musicianship that reflects a lifetime devoted to singing and playing guitar. He's playing some nice keyboard stuff too; sometimes, like on Flashback Aftershock, it kind of sounds like the Attractions on GET HAPPY! But with a more adventurous guitar player. The songs show a wide range of emotion lyrically, from Carry the Load's foreboding spookiness-- a Clark hallmark-- to the mock-rueful I'm Middle Aged; the jaunty Mystery Lou; the lonesome squeeze-box fatalism of Strange Weather; the jubilant The Train; the manic winsome 6/8 lilt of I'd Rather Dance; the scary Go Under; the loopy Here Come the Saucers. He dabbles in musique concrete with Pendleton Or, a town where waiting for the Union Pacific to clear an intersection is a familiar ritual. Trains and needing to get away are recurring themes in GO UNDER. I'm writing this as a promo thing for Doug, so I'll say if you're a music writer, I urge you to listen to this CD. I'm a musician who has known a million unknown songwriters and heard a million homemade tapes, and this is something special. Ralph Porter Portland, Oregon 2004.