It’s been a couple of years since the last record from The Clientele. When I saw the British group perform last year, lead singer Alasdair MacLean was surprisingly frank when it came to his feelings on their latest album, Bonfires on the Heath. At one point, he half-apologized/half-confessed that it didn’t stack up to earlier releases.
This admission, coupled with rumors that the band were on the verge of retiring, may have been troubling to hear, but now it seems that the circumstances are anything but grim.
A little over a week ago, Merge revealed that MacLean was back in the recording studio – only this time under a new name: Amor de Días, a project he quietly began with Lupe Núñez-Fernández of the band Pipas some three years ago.
I’m not sure how they managed to keep their collaboration a secret for so long, but I do know that I look forward to hearing their album, Street of the Love Days, which officially drops on May 17th.
Until then, take a listen to “Bunhill Fields,” their first single:
As for the future The Clientele, the publicist I corresponded with is hopeful that there will be “more to come” – especially since last year’s US tour consistantly sold out. Alasdair MacLean has simply shifted gears for the time being.