Music For The Age Of Miracles
TAPETE. CD/DL/LP London art-pop trio return after seven years with more dreamy suburban wonder.
Alasdair MacLean hasn’t been quiet since The Clientele’s Minotaur EP in 2010. The band’s singer and main songwriter has recorded two LPs as Amor De Días, with his wife, the artist Lupe Núñez-Fernández, as well as overseeing Clientele LP reissues and a Best-Of, Alone And Unreal, that introduced new fans to MacLean’s Orphic dream-pop. However, a fresh Clientele LP feels like an event. The band’s ability to conjure wistful psychedelic dream-states feels oddly comforting in these beleaguered times. Based around the pizzicato delicacy of the santoor, a Persian dulcimer played by MacLean’s old friend Anthony Harmer, yearning string and horn arrangements, and MacLean’s sequestered echoing voice, the gauzy seductive songs feel like euphoric conjuring, chinks in the doors of perception that reveal another hidden capital, a misty tapestry of late-night urban idylls, laced with a rapturous melancholy magic.