A five year wait for the follow up to their debut Ways To Forget, and after extensive touring with Alt-J and Metronomy, and having a lineup change, London based Clock Opera are ready to drop Venn. Playing with a wide sonic palette from found sounds to warm synths to dramatic and crisply produced drums they smash the electronic and indie into pop with a big band sound. Comes with remixes by NZCA/Lines Taigen Kawabe of Bo Ningen, and Annie Hart from Au Revoir Simone.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 February 2017
If we are getting rather tired of polished synth pop then Clock Opera offer something different courtesy of singer Guy Connelly’s distinctive voice. The press release compares it to Paul Buchanan and Billy Mackenzie and Antony Hegarty and it does almost sound like a combination of all three.
He sings in an emotional falsetto that will maybe take a few listens to discern from the waves of post Wild Beasts high-pitched warblings but has a timbre and quality all it’s own. Clock Opera’s music straddles the XX style blandness at times (‘Whiporwill’) and at other times has enough oddball sonics going on to keep it interesting to the ear though it is generally polished and pleasant. I’d like to see the band stretch out to really test that voice. I’d like them to try something as bleakly monochromatic as ‘Walk Across the Rooftops’ or as wild and wonderful as ‘Sulk’ because when they try something more challenging as on ‘Ready or Not’ or the excellent skittering and pulsating Wild Beasts ish rock of ‘Dervish’ that voice really soars.
For now they are playing it a bit safe for these ears but you can see that there is a brave outfit trying to get out here. I hope next time they push the boundaries a bit more as that voice is really something special.
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