Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises

After a cold, bright weekend, we’re in the middle of a dark and drizzling week here in London, a week which sees the new Clientele LP released in the USA. Many people advised against releasing it this late in the year, but I don’t really mind how this one sells, and I love the feeling that everyone is experiencing these Autumnal songs together as Autumn really kicks in (unless you’re Australian of course). Also great from the limited amounts of press I’ve read that people are finally beginning to appreciate the mental distress and paranoia behind my work.

Unfortunately we couldn’t rush-release the European version (preorder it here) for October – although I was hoping for a Bonfire Night release on November 5th. But let’s hope it’s a mild early winter and November 30th still hits the spot. Don’t forget I’m playing at Joes Pub in New York on the 29th Oct, and that there are at least two full band Clientele gigs before the end of the year. And if you buy the record, thank you very much indeed.

18 comments:

David Jennings said...

30th November? Cripes - amazon.co.uk says 9th November, and that's long enough to have to wait. (I am sure it will be worth it - at least it's still possible to stream the album from the Merge site in the meantime)

Alasdair said...

Maybe it is 9th November then. I would probably be the last one to be told!!!

smfifteen said...

Fellow English people, do as I have done and order it direct from Merge (www.mergerecords.com) in the US, as I did. The price, even including P&P, is comparable to the UK, and mine came last week, ahead of schedule. Thus, I have already been swaddling myself within its charms during leaf-wading walks along the River Thames. Delightful.

Elizabeth M. Thurmond said...

Listening to the new album right now. It's glorious, and goes very nicely with the newly-autumnal weather here in Southern California. :)

Spencer said...

Alasdair: I bought "Bonfires". I love it. I love your band. I would also love to hear all the tracks on that "mixtape" you "made" for MAGNET. Would you consider posting them here? I know—as if you had time right now for such frivolity.

Alasdair said...

For British/European purchasers: I've had a word with the UK label, and apparently the US label really shouldn't be sending out copies over here, it just means we'll sell even less in the UK, if indeed it's possible to sell less than we do already. Anyway, if you want to be all virtuous you can preorder UK copies here:
http://pointyrecords.co.uk/shop.php?release=40

Michael said...

It's a perfect release date for a super-fine record indeed. Canada is entering the fall just in time.

smfifteen said...

@Alasdair:

Apologies if I've transgressed, but cross-Atlantic orders are a predictable outcome of having divergent UK/US release dates. If they were only a week or so apart I would've happily waited, but the delay between the two dates seemed a little excessive, and the anticipation had already been stoked by the trailers. I probably paid more than I would have ordering from the UK, so please accept that depriving you of hard-earned income was not my motive.

Alasdair said...

hey smifteen don't sweat it, no problem as far as I'm concerned! Thanks for buying the record at all.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful record Alasdair, loving every second, particularly the Love influenced tracks, any news on some uk dates outside of London? I, too would like the tracklisting for your Magnet mixtape, if you have time for such trivialities!

Jonathan said...

Bonfires is wonderful. I cannot stop listening to it. I am very much looking forward to your performance at Joe's Pub here in NY at the end of the month. The Music Hall of Williamsburg show was the highlight of my summer. See you in a few weeks!

Assface Jackson said...

If you guys come on tour in the States (specifically around New England), can you be sure to play Lacewings from Suburban Light?

You have to keep your pimp hand tight.

Moresby said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c39swP3scgc

It's rainy season in Los Angeles, and we've lost power. Perfect time for a new Clientele CD. Hope you don't mind me cooking up some accompanying visuals. Thanks for the music, and hope to see you live soon.

Peter said...

I grew up in the 1960's and spent most weekends listening to music at the Fillmore East. Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks, Byrds, Syd Barrett's Floyd were some of my favorite bands. Now I have to say The Clientele is my favorite contemporary band, you are in good company!
New album is terrific.
I have question: what type (brand) of electronic tambura are you playing on the album? I play guitar and loop and wanted to get one - which do you recommend and where did you get it?
Thanks so much. Peter

Mats Hayen said...

Best albums of the decade:

David Sylvian, Blemish, Samadhi Sound, 2003.
Fripp & Eno, The Equatorial Stars, Opal, 2004.
Nine Horses, Snow Borne Sorrow, Samadhi Sound, 2005
Brian Eno, Another Day on Earth, Opal, 2005.
Rhythm & Sound, See Mi Yah, Burial Mix, 2005.
Fennesz & Sakamoto, Cendre, Touch, 2007.
The Clientele, God Save the Clientele, Merge Records, 2007.
Moritz von Oswald Trio, Vertical Ascent, Honest Jon´s Records, 2009.
David Sylvian, Manafon, Samadhi Sound, 2009.
The Clientele, Bonfires On The Heath, Merge Records, 2009.

Mats Hayen in Stockholm

Anonymous said...

alasdair..you have a new fan because of my mention of the leeds wilco support.....which was excellent

http://cameraobscura.forumotion.com/your-first-forum-f1/camera-obscura-2003-fib-t121-15.htm

you have many people who take forward the good word here

www.shacknet.co.uk

i know you are a pale fountains/shack fan..so fairplay

congrats on the new album.........

Gordon the B. Hansen said...

I cannot be sure if you will ever read this, but I may as well share my experience: namely, that your music has, once again, caused that melding of time/place/feeling, and solidified the Clientele as my memory-music of Autumn 09. I bought Bonfires when taking a holiday in late-October Boston, and, much as I had hoped, the music (be)fit the falling leaves and the complicated feeling of returning to a home. Thank you for the beautiful music!

dennis said...

Yea Alasdair! Bonfires jumps to greatness on the spiral. Exciting to hear the newer influences like Spanish horns (vacations are good) & chaka-chaka guitar blended into the Clientele sound. The ethereal piano hints that the lost weekend found its way back home. Fabulous production, like a real-time Sir Martin mix. Congrats to all involved, and Best Wishes for your ongoing musical adventures!