THAT NIGHT, A FOREST GREW EP
This is the third, and last, of a trilogy of EPs The Clientele have recorded for Acuarela. They have always used them as a way to stretch out between albums, to create a through-the-looking-glass version of the band that shadows the better-known history of their albums. 'Ariadne' experimented with drones and minimalism, 'The Lost Weekend' stretched the foggy sound of their debut to epic proportions. In contrast ‘That Night, a Forest Grew' is the most commercial and danceable thing they've ever recorded. Part Bacharach, part Television, part Orange Juice, the EP shares the pristine clarity, light and shade of 'God Save the Clientele', but adds a new element of summer pop perfection. This is The Clientele as a hazily remembered 1970s cartoon series, all distanced off-key colours; imaginary summer hits, radio waves beamed in from a dream-discotheque.
TEX LA HOMA
LITTLE FLASHES OF SUNLIGHT ON A COLD DARK SEA CD