God Save The Clientele (2007) cemented The Clientele as strong facet in the roots of orchestrated indie pop. They’d been heading in that direction with 2005’s Strange Geometry, but hadn’t fully realized their potential. So, listening to “Harvest Time” off their upcoming fifth full-length LP, one might become confused — this sound strays a bit from the direction in which they’ve been heading.
It’s true, it can be likened more to, say, 2004’s Ariadne EP, whose soundscapes were mystical as the lands of Oz and Middle Earth, and as laid back as a beatnik poem. At least in regards to the latter, not much has changed from their recent work.
But to discredit this new old sound would be sheer ignorance. In “Harvest Time”, The Clientele have achieved what they set out to in those early records. They’ve combined that earlier sound with that of pop greatness. They’ve married psychedelic pop with orchestrated pop. And while it’s no “Bookshop Cassanova” or “Since K Got Over Me”, there’s still plenty of greatness packed into this softly subtle tune.
Bonfires On The Heath is available for preorder now from Merge Records.