The Sunday before last The Clientele supported Fleet Foxes on their first show at the Roundhouse. Robin Pecknold claimed them as one of his all time favourite groups (‘I spent about a year in a cloud of smoke listening to them exclusively..’). Curious that some of the Chalk Farm audience should be introduced to a homegrown band by a Seattle resident. But then, of course, the Clientele are one of those strange fish that have swum acknowledged in American waters whilst making far smaller ripples about their native land. Water aside, the delicate, delicious, reverb-rich magnificence of the Clientele is so unbelievably worthy of attention that it seems extraordinary that they aren’t better known in the UK. Call it a one man quest, call it favouritism, call it what you will.. the Clientele is always on our stereo because it is wonderful.
Must listens include:
- ‘An Hour Before the Light’ (‘Suburban Light’)
- ‘Reflections after Jane’ (‘Suburban Light’) (See below)
- ‘When You and I were Young (‘The Violet Hour’)
- ‘Step Into the Light’ (‘Strange Geometry’)
- ‘We Could Walk Together’ (Suburban Light) (See below)
- ‘Since K Got Over Me’ (‘Strange Geometry’)