The Clientele

The Clientele formed a long time ago in the backwoods of suburban Hampshire, playing together as kids at school, rehearsing in a thatched cottage remote from any kind of music scene, but hypnotized by the magical strangeness of Galaxie 500 and Felt and the psych pop of Love and the Zombies.

Singer Alasdair MacLean still recalls a pub conversation where the band collectively voted that it was OK to be influenced by Surrealist poetry but not OK to have any shouting or blues guitar solos. From that moment on, they put their stamp on a kind of eerie, distanced pure pop, stripped to its essentials and recorded quickly to 4-track analogue tape.

Instantly identifiable, The Clientele sound like no one else, although they are cited as an influence by bands as diverse as Spoon and the Fleet Foxes. It’s been said that the greatest bands always create their own individual sound; The Clientele have gone one further and created their own world.

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Top SongsAlbum
The Museum of FogMusic for the Age of Miracles (Deluxe Version)4:12
Jamaican Rum RhumbaThe Violet Hour1:20
No. 33Minotaur1:50
Since We Last SpokeA Sense of Falling: Strange Geometry Outtakes3:42
Losing HaringeyAlone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele4:01
On a Summer TrailAlone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele4:09
Never Anyone But YouBonfires on the Heath5:30
Breathing Soft and LowSurvive and Advance Vol. 3: A Merge Records Compilation3:20
Emptily Through HollowayLost Weekend5:57
Last OrdersLost Weekend6:35
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