The Clientele - God Save The Clientele (Track and Field)
18 Dec 2007
"achieves that rare feat for modern bands with nowhere but backwards to look for inspiration; it sees a fondly remembered era of influences combine to produce a beautiful, soul soothing, sound of it's own..."; release - '07
Yes, God save The Clientele, and God bless Track and Field, as it's always good to have a reliable source to sift through the inevitable crud that comes with the copious amount of annual album releases. So under their protective wing comes The Clientele's latest effort, and it's a real beaut. Like The Shins with a substance abuse problem, The Clientele posses a dreamlike quality which gives a significant nod to their 1960's psychedelic influences. However, whilst there's still something of the bemused hippy about the band, God Save The Clientele is a decidedly more focused effort than their previous releases.
Rather than rely on echo and wistful lyricism to create atmosphere, the band appear to have tightened up their act, thus aptly displaying both creative and diverse song writing abilities. It's not to say that former efforts from The Clientele weren't good, but God Save The Clientele is an unwavering showcase of the bands talents, with tracks such as 'I Hope I Know You' collating all the best bits of the their sound and ethos in just under three and a half minutes.
'From Brighton Beach to Santa Monica' is one of the more obvious references to the musical heritage The Clientele hail from, but it's balanced admirably by the naive sensitivity of additions such as 'Isn't Life Strange?'. Each song using strings and harmony to romantically epic effect, but with differing results. Likewise 'Bookshop Casanova' sees The Clientele shaking it up a bit with a up tempo march to Alasdair Maclean's suggestion/threat of "lets be lovers".
God Save The Clientele achieves that rare feat for modern bands with nowhere but backwards to look for inspiration; it sees a fondly remembered era of influences combine to produce a beautiful, soul soothing, sound of it's own.
Stream three tracks from 'God Save The Clientele' HERE.