A Grammy nomination, performance on The David Letterman Show, high profile tours with fans such as The Flaming Lips, Radiohead and Arcade Fire and a lot of reverence from notable artists - both established and emergent - over the years have seen Clinic flirt with the mainstream and be cemented into cult firmament alike, without ever really courting either acceptance directly.
Their craft, one that has always bloomed in isolation and seemed impervious to the fickle tide of trend or fad, remains both resolutely eclectic and acutely focused. The junkshop-trawling analogue fetishism of the warm, smokey instrumentation that gives their songs such a vividly placeable sense of mood and atmosphere; the surrealist bent of Ade Blackburn's lyrics - so steeped in their own personal mythology - and the band's over-riding commitment to never straying into the realm of the obvious or complacent are all long-standing elements of Clinic's work.
Originally issued in 2002, Walking with Thee is the band's Grammy-nominated second album and follow-up to breakout debut Internal Wrangler (2000). Produced by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur), the idiosyncratic and innovative eleven-track effort finds the band further refining their brand of off-kilter pop and offering up more compelling fare like album anchors "Walking with Thee" and "Come Into Our Room."