Ideomatic's first album, The Clear, is an amazing set of a dozen songs from the mind of Jason Clark. A varied combination of styles and influences creates unique songs that showcase the remarkable talent of the artist. Clark does everything himself, from writing the songs (lyrics and music) to playing the instruments, to recording and mastering the disc. The result is a wide ranging album that offers commentary on social issues (Channel Vision, Signed in Blood), reveals the artist's struggles with personal demons (The Last Thing, The Clear), and explores the complexity of the human condition (Polarity, One Nerve, Anhedonia, Scintilla). But it isn't all dark and Brooding; there are brighter moods (Bring Me Down, Question of the Heart). Each of the songs features driving rhythm and many layers of sound, The album gives the listener a lot to hear and a lot to think about. -Dr. L. Zoeckler of Utica College-.