The Clien­tele

Mu­sic For The Age Of Mir­a­cles

Mojo (UK) - - News - An­drew Male

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.

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