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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.

Customer Reviews

back in the right direction

Its good to hear new Clientele... trademark 60's sounds in top form.

A nice surprise

When I found out about this EP I was quite surprised, as I had previously heard that after their last album the band was considering breaking up. It's good to see that they're still pumping out great tunes. This EP is pretty much more of the same from them, with some interesting guitar work and piano breakdowns on "Gerry". The title track is the real star of this EP. The only downer on the album is the spoken word track "The Green Man"…those looking for another "Losing Haringey" will be a little disappointed, as there really isn't any great instrumentation backing it that made Haringey such a powerful interesting piece.

Simple and Sweet

A simple and nice album akin to music in the 60s and a lot like the Byrds though they sound their own. The price of the album is even better.


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 like a tribute band. Think of your favorite '60s pop band and odds are they're in the Clientele's blood. The London-based band formed in mid-1997, consisting of Alasdair...
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