8 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retro Brit-poppers the Clientele were on such a roll with 2009’s Bonfire On the Heath that those recording sessions produced an excess of material, and plans were made for a mini-LP to follow in 2010. Minotaur is far from a collection of b-sides and extras; if double-LPs were a fashionable thing these days, Bonfire would have been this band’s Exile On Main Street (OK, minus some boozy sweat and grit). From the spot-on, breezy sweetness of “Paul Verlaine” to the melancholy-tinged “Minotaur” and atmospheric “As the World Rises and Falls,” there are enough classically “pop” textures here to give Minotaur its breadth; experimental/spoken word track “The Green Man” and the brooding piano interlude “No. 33” add to its depth. The Clientele bears the mantle of being one of the most under-appreciated purveyors of poetic and thoughtful indie-pop, and that’s a burden that should soon be lifted.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retro Brit-poppers the Clientele were on such a roll with 2009’s Bonfire On the Heath that those recording sessions produced an excess of material, and plans were made for a mini-LP to follow in 2010. Minotaur is far from a collection of b-sides and extras; if double-LPs were a fashionable thing these days, Bonfire would have been this band’s Exile On Main Street (OK, minus some boozy sweat and grit). From the spot-on, breezy sweetness of “Paul Verlaine” to the melancholy-tinged “Minotaur” and atmospheric “As the World Rises and Falls,” there are enough classically “pop” textures here to give Minotaur its breadth; experimental/spoken word track “The Green Man” and the brooding piano interlude “No. 33” add to its depth. The Clientele bears the mantle of being one of the most under-appreciated purveyors of poetic and thoughtful indie-pop, and that’s a burden that should soon be lifted.

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