2010: 15 of the Best. #6 . . .

December 10, 2010

#6: The Clientele – As the World Rises and Falls

From: Minotaur
Released: August 31, 2010
Label: Merge
Buy it: Here.

The Clientele are an exquisite little group that’s been hovering in the zone of “Lennon-in-Rubber Soul-era via an even icier delivery” since the relatively forgotten movie “The Lake House” included their “(I Can’t Seem To) Make You  Mine” on its soundtrack. I’ve listened to a lot of Clientele in the last few years and found a lot of Clientele to be sounding very similar to what came before it. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing–they are good at what they do, but the problem is I have difficulty differentiating songs and from which albums/releases they come. There’s a very unique Clientele sound, you see, and I think it’s starting to wear a bit thin on their originals, even if their originals are lovely pieces. So when the band took their talents upon the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band’s 1968 tune “As the World Rises and Falls,” we got an interesting treat. Another band’s song Clientele-ized, which suited the tune exceedingly well. Alasdair MacLean’s beguiling delivery carries all the pangs of nervous forewarning delivered in the original but against a pastoral backdrop that can’t help but calm you down despite the tension in the lyrics. When I moved into my new place in September I listened to this song over and over and over again as I unpacked. It’s really quite hypnotizing, and it’s a pleasure for me to be able to include a band I’ve appreciated for some time in this list–even if it is them doing somebody else’s tune.

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