From rocks to all-things dinosaur, Clark Barclay (aka Fat Clark) was a kid obsessed with collecting and today his grown-up fixation lives in the discount-vinyl bin. “Right now I have so much vinyl I can’t even step into my own room. I think it’s becoming a problem,” Fat Clark admits, but a quick play of his debut EP, “Every Minute of the Day”, under the very appropriate moniker, The Bins, completely defends his hoarding tendencies.
This record-lover will dig anywhere for a good clip, rummaging through thrift stores and free piles, but his most memorable excavations have been at fleas and street fairs in Spain, Chile, Mexico and Thailand. Home videos, films, random records and even field recordings taken by ethnomusicologists find their way into Fat Clark’s loving arms, giving once homeless and discarded sounds a second life. One person’s garbage is only a spin away from becoming Clark’s newest adoption.
His only rule: “Never spend more than a dollar on a record.”
Borrowing from a diverse range of genres from ‘60s funk to Chilean protest era music, the Bins manages to concoct a sound that feels familiar, while challenging listeners to explore styles of music that would otherwise seem inaccessible.
In a sense, Every Minute of the Day functions as an homage to all the artists and genres that hold a place in Barclay’s record collection, which helps to explain the variety of sounds heard throughout. “The record is about 90% sampled (…) The concept was to (…) flip through every album I have, find the melody or whatever I need, and then take it out and put in,” said Barclay. “Another discipline I had was to never buy reprints, and I never buy records for more than a dollar. Basically making it all samples wherever I can, and using cheap dollar bins to find stuff.”