13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This British retro-pop band captures a beautiful rainy-season melancholia that recalls both the early works of Marianne Faithfull and Francoise Hardy and their Scottish modern-day brethren Belle & Sebastian. Singer Alasdair MacLean wraps his troubles in reverb and comes up with beautifully imagistic tone poems that lean harder on atmosphere than outright pop hooks. Their debut, Suburban Light, was a collection of lo-fi singles; they captured an innocence the group manages to maintain here despite their more professional focus. There's a peculiar longing and even nostalgia to these gentle, slow-moving pieces. "When You and I Were Young" and "Missing" form a gorgeous fog that glazes over lost love and lost years. Guitars swirl and suggest, while the rhythms shuffle and wander the countryside. No one is supposed to truly understand what MacLean is singing on "House on Fire," as his voice moves from a whisper to a croon (though the band's website provides lyrics for the curious). This is music of great mystery, of a bracing beauty that sneaks up on you over time. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

This British retro-pop band captures a beautiful rainy-season melancholia that recalls both the early works of Marianne Faithfull and Francoise Hardy and their Scottish modern-day brethren Belle & Sebastian. Singer Alasdair MacLean wraps his troubles in reverb and comes up with beautifully imagistic tone poems that lean harder on atmosphere than outright pop hooks. Their debut, Suburban Light, was a collection of lo-fi singles; they captured an innocence the group manages to maintain here despite their more professional focus. There's a peculiar longing and even nostalgia to these gentle, slow-moving pieces. "When You and I Were Young" and "Missing" form a gorgeous fog that glazes over lost love and lost years. Guitars swirl and suggest, while the rhythms shuffle and wander the countryside. No one is supposed to truly understand what MacLean is singing on "House on Fire," as his voice moves from a whisper to a croon (though the band's website provides lyrics for the curious). This is music of great mystery, of a bracing beauty that sneaks up on you over time. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

FLUX BOY ,

D R E A M Y

I discovered the Clientele just recently while having a french pressed coffee at of course a coffee shop on a rainy day. How perfect to discover the Clientele on such a day. Their music has me mellow and reflecting on my 20s and who I was and where I was. The music created is atmospheric, mellow and beautiful and reminds me of a happier Mazzy Star with a male voice. Great music to chill with while reading, studying or just relaxing and reflecting over a cup of coffee.

T-Bro ,

T-Bro says Hello!!!

It is wonderful falling in love, something I haven't done since Radiohead hit me over the head 8 years ago. Very simply, this is the best alt pop in years. I hesitate to use the word pop, because this is thoughtful stuff. I can't stop listening to it. It is totally different. I would say it reminds me of Luna, The Velvet Underground, Dylan, the Beatles and Radiohead all rolled into one, but that wouldn't do it justice. This band has its own sound. Don't bother selecting a few tracks, buy the album. You won't be sorry. And there's more! The other work is great as well. THANK YOU CLIENTELE FOR GIVING ME SOMETHING I CAN PLAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

timphoto ,

Think of Innocence Mission

I'm just discovering the music of The Clientele, so it's a bit premature to be saying much other than this: The instrumental feel, and especially the guitar sound, is strongly reminiscent of The Innocence Mission. If you like this, you might very well take a liking to that other band's work, where the vocals and lyrics are powerful and beautiful in their best tracks.

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