Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Clientele - God Save The Clientele

The Clientele have wafted around for a while but really only since 2007, have they gained some ground in the indie scene with the release of their third studio album, God Save The Clientele. The method of The Clientele is simple but profoundly memorable: generous amounts of atmosphere, reverb soaked lyrical delight and MacLean’s breathy vocals. Opening track Here Comes the Phantom lifts a page from The Monkees, but what’s ironic enough is that the ghost written four would never reach the musical heights of what is following. The Dance of the Hours is surreal, breezy prose set to music. The short monologue at the beginning sets a moment of intrigue as an anecdote about a child finding a toy knight in a garden is relayed through hastily whispered words. Lush string arrangements and bursts of childlike piano add a breezy kind of feel. The Queen of Seville percolates melancholy and through the acoustic guitar plucking, maracas and a slow motion piano line. It perfectly sets a grey skies country road travelling scene. The Garden at Night jolts the album’s gears, claiming a few rapid guitar successions and uncertain territory, while Bookshop Casanova is a care free and whimsical plotting of love saturated in an ingénue-like quality. The songs stick around long enough to resonate before smoothly gliding out. The implementation of orchestra, piano and pedal steel radiates throughout God Save The Clientele, giving the record a bounce. God Save The Clientele is a glimmering effort to date, expanding on the trademark sound without becoming soppy or without any expense of intimacy.

God Save The Clientele is out now on Popfrenzy Records. The Clientele will soon be embarking on an East Coast Australian tour in July; details are below.

Thursday, 26th of July - Melbourne
The East Brunswick Club
Supported by Institut Polaire
Tickets are $26 + booking fee or $30 at the door, if any are available
online here or call the East Box Office on (03) 9388 9794

Friday, 27th of July - Sydney
Supported by Institut Polaire
Tickets are $26 + booking fee
Buy online here or visit any Moshtix retail outlet

Saturday, 28th of July - Brisbane
The Troubadour
Supported by The Zebras
Tickets are $34.40
Buy online here or purchase from Rocking Horse or Skinny's

The Clientele The Dance of the Hours
The Clientele The Queen of Seville
The Clientele Bookshop Casanova
The Clientele The Garden at Night

Purchase God Save The Clientele


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