The Clientele Strange Geometry on LP + Download
Reissue of 2005 Album with Accompanying Download featuring 6 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks!
Originally released in 2005, The Clientele recorded their second full-length album Strange Geometry with producer Brian O'Shaughnessy at Bark Studios, Walthamstow (UK). The album features twelve dreamy folk-pop songs with shimmering psych guitars and string arrangements by Louis Philippe. In May 2016, Strange Geometry will be re-pressed on vinyl and include a download of the entire record plus six previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Strange Geometry was the first Clientele album to be recorded in a fully equipped, professional studio with an established engineer/producer, and the results are stunning. It's a robust yet subtle recording. Songs are allowed room to breathe, yet never stray into indulgence. When not concerned with the chore of production – the twisting of knobs and the repair of faulty equipment – the band was free to focus completely on the music, achieving and expanding upon the sonic blueprint they had envisioned from the start. O'Shaughnessy's experience and expertise helped the band deliver their most accomplished record to date, full of rich textures and enchanting melodies. The contributions of the enigmatic and incredibly talented Philippe also cannot be overstated. His string arrangements are delicate yet powerful additions.
Of the 6 bonus tracks, Alasdair MacClean wrote: "These tracks are outtakes from the July 2005 Strange Geometry sessions at Bark Studios in London. "Breathe In Now" is one of my favourite Clientele songs. I wanted it to have a baroque string arrangement but there was no time to put one together, so it was dropped. "Spanish Night" was written in Valencia. "Since We Last Spoke" was abandoned halfway through for reasons now unclear, though I still like the lyrical image of Nero appearing in a crowd. Apparently, Emperor Nero mixed among crowds in disguise, listening to other people's conversations. "One Hundred Leaves" was a fan favourite and used to be a staple of our live shows, but we couldn't quite get the live feel down on tape at Bark. "When I Came Through" is a fragment, forgotten until now, a dream of walking home from the railway station to the garden."