ALBUM REVIEW: The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.09.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

When The Clientele went on hiatus in 2010, it seemed a natural full-stop for the group: their last release, the mini-album Minotaur, was the sound of a band getting stuck in an enjoyable but undeniable cul-de-sac. Via a series of chance encounters and slow, methodical work however, the original trio now return with this masterful and revitalised new album.

The impact of additional musician Anthony Harmer (adding string, brass and Santoor parts) is evident in the sweeping arrangements of Falling Asleep and The Circus, but across these twelve songs, it’s the surreal, poetic majesty of Alasdair MacLean’s writing (which hits new emotional peaks on the likes of The Neighbour and Lunar Days) that makes this such a definitive, immaculate return.

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