God Save The Clientele is the fourth studio album by British indiepop band The Clientele. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, it broadens the band's palette through the use of pedal steel and slide guitar. The album is also the first to feature Mel Draisey as the official fourth member of the band. Pat Sansone of Wilco fame plays on the majority of the songs on God Save The Clientele. It was released on Merge Records on 8 May 2007 in the US, although it leaked onto the internet in March 2007
Album · 2007 · 14 Songs. Alone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele (Deluxe). Bonfires on the Heath.
As retro-British ‘60s pop aficionados, the Clientele imagine themselves as writers of lovable, obscure b-sides. Rather than aim for the permanent hook and the high-profile chorus of a Merseybeat hit single, they scale down their ambitions to the quieter, darker and quirkier moments where melancholia takes hold. Produced by Nashville producer Mark Nevers of Lambchop, God Save the Clientele is the group’s cleanest sounding album. The excessive reverb is virtually . yet the group sacrifices none of their trippy haze
And God Save The Clientele is further testimony to that. What you music lover actually really wants, is good music crafted with care, and an artistic statement that isn't just a cash in. And that's why we love The Clientele so much. Thanks to Alasdair and the guys (and girl).
They then recorded the album God Save The Clientele with producer Mark Nevers, known for his work with Merge labelmates Lambchop; the album again featured several Louis Philippe-composed string arrangements. God Save The Clientele was released in May 2007 in the United States. Bonfires on the Heath followed in October 2009, and Minotaur, a Mini-LP, was released on 17 July 2010. The band announced that it would reunite for a lone gig at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 21 March 2014.
God Save the Clientele is pretty much the antithesis of energetic. Sure, it isn’t exactly boring, per say, but even the thought of getting up and dancing during an album like this is repulsive. Don’t get me wrong, the fathers (and namesake) of this album, The Clientele, are far from a bad band, just like God Save isn’t a bad record, just a bit too relaxed maybe. One of the very first things to be noticed about the music on God Save the Clientele is the distinct 60’s influence. Mixing the guitar-pop sounds of bands like The Zombies and The Monkees with an affinity for more modern Post-Punk/Shoegaze acts like Felt and Television, The Clientele create a very dense (but hardly heavy) form of Pop music. The album’s biggest 60’s throwback and perhaps the only song that could really contradict my opening statement is Bookshop Casanova.
The Clientele are a London-based British band with Alasdair MacLean on vocals and guitar, Mark Keen on drums, James Hornsey on bass and Mel Draisey on violin, keyboards, backing vocals and percussion.
Sure, it isn’t exactly boring, per say, but even the thought of getting up and dancing during an album like this is repulsive.