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The Clientele

Post by anders » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:56 pm

I tried to find a Clientele thread, but there doesn't seem to be one? Sorry if there is one already.

One of my favourite bands and quite possibly the band I've listened to the most in my life, there's just never been a period when I haven't regularly played their records.

But anyway, what I was going to say was:

They have a new EP out. Kind of. For now it's only available digitally, but the CD will come out on Acuerla. Sometime. This is what they say:

“This is the third, and last, of a trilogy of E.P.s the Clientele have recorded for Acuarela. They have always used the Acuarela E.P.s as a way to stretch out between albums, to create a through-the-looking-glass version of the band that shadows the better-known history of their albums. ‘Ariadne’ experimented with drones and minimalism, ‘The Lost Weekend’ stretched the foggy sound of their debut to epic proportions. In contrast “That Night, a Forest Grew’ is the most commercial and -shockingly- danceable thing they’ve ever recorded. Part Bacharach, part Television, part Orange Juice, the E.P. shares the pristine clarity, light and shade of ‘God Save the Clientele’, but adds a new element of summer pop perfection. This is The Clientele as a hazily remembered 1970s cartoon series, all distanced off-key colours; imaginary summer hits, radio waves beamed in from a dream-discotheque.”

I haven't heard it. I'm going to wait for the CD, or if I find it on the net, dowload it and then wait for the CD - but I think it sounds interesting. But then I think anything the Clientele are up to sounds interesting. I've been listening to Ariadne a lot lately, such a lovely EP.

ALSO!, does anyone know what's happening with Amor de Dias? That duo of Alasdair and Lupe from Pipas. I hope that was more than just a gig or two in the spring.

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Re: The Clientele

Post by grumpytimes » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:03 pm

i'm not sure if there's a look a like thread on here, but anyone else see a similarity here...
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Re: The Clientele

Post by postalblue » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:37 am

I was stunned by their debut album, but I must say that with each subsequent release they fail fail to keep my attention more and more.
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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:27 pm

postalblue wrote:I was stunned by their debut album, but I must say that with each subsequent release they fail fail to keep my attention more and more.
Hmm. I thought that surely Suburban Light was the best album ever back when I first heard it (just before they released The Violet Hour), but I have to admit that whenever I listen to it now, and the last time I put it on was only a few weeks ago, I can't help but think that I actually like it less than everything they've released after that. I still think it's a lovely album, mind, and it has some of my favourite songs ever on it. Actually, I might like it more than God Save The Cleintele.

Emptily Through Holloway is the Best Ever Clientele Song at the moment. And Lost Weekend their best release. At the moment.
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Re: The Clientele

Post by sinus supremus » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:54 am

Alasdair is such a nice guy. He is very approachable. I had just run out of cigarettes hanging out before the show and I approached him and asked for a smoke. I didn't realize he was rolling and offered to roll me one. So, we talked for a good 15 minutes before the show and smoked a cigarette.

Good grief though, the girl on keys is nothing short of angelic in appearance on stage –that long blonde hair and light complexion. She's such a gorgeous girl.

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Re: The Clientele

Post by postalblue » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:24 am

I went through all their records recently, and I now think God Save... is just as good if not better than Suburban Light. But the others disappointed me.
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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:41 pm

I finally found a copy of That Night, A Forest Grew. It's good, innit?

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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:52 am

This was posted to the Clientele website a couple of weeks ago and makes me very happy:

We’ve been tracking our new, as-yet-untitled LP at Bark Studios with Brian O’Shaughnessy; it’s nearly finished and early signs are that it will be the best thing we’ve ever done. Stay tuned for more news as it comes in.

I hope it's a more like a Clientele album with ten minute long songs, beautiful guitar lines, strange noises and songs about walking around the city at night than one with pop songs about love. It'll be good anyway, though. I'm glad to see they're back with Brian O’Shaughnessy who produced Strange Geometry. I also seem to remember that I saw a flyer in a London pub saying that they were playing there in April sometime, but I can't find anything about that online.

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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:03 pm

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Album details! It'll be released on 6th of October and it will be called Bonfires On The Heath, and if you go here: http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/new-c ... 78692.html, you can even download the album opener, I Wonder Who We Are! It sounds AMAZING. And I see Share The Night from the last EP is on there as well. I can't wait to hear the rest! - and I'm particularly looking forward to hearing the re-recorded version of Graven Wood, which is an ANCIENT Clientele track that was on that sampler of pre-Suburban Light tracks that they sold on a US tour a couple of years ago (It's Art, Dad). I'm a bit surprised to see it there, though, as I was sure that it was an Innes Phillips track and not one of Alasdair's. The album art looks amazing as well. I think this is propably going to be the best album ever.

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1 I Wonder Who We Are
2 Bonfires on the Heath
3 Harvest Time
4 Never Anyone But You
5 Jennifer & Julia
6 Sketch
7 Tonight
8 Share the Night
9 I Know I'll See Your Face
10 Never Saw Them Before
11 Graven Wood
12 Walking In The Park

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Re: The Clientele

Post by owen » Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:44 pm

HooRAH! This is great news. And that album art, within minutes, is already amongst my favourite of all time. MUST have this on 12"....

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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:04 pm

Mmm, the album art is wonderful, isn't it? I don't know for certain, but the painting is probably by a guy called Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He's well worth looking into.

Is it October yet?

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Re: The Clientele

Post by TheAlex » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:17 pm

I like The Clientele but I much prefer that side-project, The Relict. Tomorrow is Again is an absolutely sublime collection of music. Has anyone else heard it?

Thanks for the link though, I look forward to hearing new Clientele material, and to seeing them live at some point...

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Re: The Clientele

Post by Olof's Beard » Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:09 am

I saw them supporting Fleet Foxes and wasn't all that impressed although I was told that they got to the venue late and had a few problems. Fleet Foxes consider them to be the best band in Britain which is a pretty damn good endorsement as far as I'm concerned; they're definitely on my "to buy" list.

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Re: The Clientele

Post by shaved head thrills » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:21 am

well fleet foxes are pretty dreadful.
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Re: The Clientele

Post by indiansummer » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:13 am

shaved head thrills wrote:well fleet foxes are pretty dreadful.
Aw, you reckon? I like the album an awful lot, although i think it works better as a cohesive whole than the songs do on their own.

Anyway, anyone want my copy of God Save The Clientele? I put it in the freecycle thread but no-one's claimed it yet. The first few tracks are quite nice but my mind drifts off after that and i have to put something else on.

In theory i should like 'em. In theory. I was a bit bored by them when i saw them live... i can see that it's all very nice and tasteful and graceful and everything. I guess they just don't excite me much.
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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:03 pm

Look, a video of the Clientele performing Bonfires On The Heath, the title track of the new album:

Here.

Lovely.

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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:07 pm

Oh, and it hasn't been mentioned in here that you can now download another track from the album, Harvest Time, from various places on the internet. Like, from: here.

Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.

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new Clientele - cd

Post by nogoodboyo » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:50 am

excellent new cd - just arrived from merge records

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Re: The Clientele

Post by brogues » Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:11 pm

I'm gonna read this whopping interview with Alasdair when my head doesn't hurt from staying up too late :)

http://pitchfork.com/features/interview ... clientele/

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Re: The Clientele

Post by anders » Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:07 pm

brogues wrote:I'm gonna read this whopping interview with Alasdair when my head doesn't hurt from staying up too late :)

http://pitchfork.com/features/interview ... clientele/
Ooh, yes, I read that yesterday. Lovely interview. Makes me really want to hear that spoken word song he talks about.

I was also very excited to read that Amor de Dias have almost finished recording an album about which he said: It's even more spooky old English folk but with some bossa nova and some jazz and some Spanish classical inflections in it. We've recorded with a jazz drummer and a jazz double bass player and a harpist and a cellist and all sorts of things like that.

Nice! Something to look forward to.

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