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A Fading Summer - EP

The Clientele

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First issued in 2000 as a brief U.S. introduction to one of the U.K.'s most promising new bands, A Fading Summer features two of The Clientele's early singles, along with two unreleased tracks. Most of the songs here appeared on the U.K. version of their spectacular EPs-and-singles collection, Suburban Light, while U.S. fans are best served by picking up this EP and the U.S. edition. This is the band showing its lo-fi roots. The obscure "Driving South" is nearly five minutes of crawling, '60s-styled psychedelia, reminiscent of Belle & Sebastian on a rainy day. Each track shimmers with a sense of The Byrds, Chocolate Watchband, Rain Parade, and other groups that took folk-rock and added their own degrees of lysergic acid to the mix. These are songs long on atmosphere and strong (but subtle) on hooks. "An Hour Before the Light" captures the haze of a new day, while "Saturday" sports a leisurely pace perfect for a day of rest. "Bicycles" plays out like a long-lost b-side from 1966.

Customer Reviews


this music is so cool-an hour before light has airy vocals but the instrumentals in all of the songs are so awesome. i think you'll like it!!!!


I was literally in my bedroom listening to the rain when I heard "Saturday" and became obsessed. This whole thing is great and so is a great deal of what they would put out for the next 10 years.


Formed: 1997 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Retrofitted pop band the Clientele had obvious roots in the hazy, autumnal glare of Galaxie 500 and Felt. Just as those bands took their Velvet Underground and Television records to heart without being derivative, the Clientele were able to chalk up an extensive discography riddled with lush melodies of their own without sounding...
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