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Friday, Dec 30 2016 | 02:47
Image: 1607233 Clock Opera are back with their sophomore album Venn.

A1 - In Memory
A2 - Changeling
A3 - Closer
A4 - Whippoorwill
A5 - Hear My Prayer
B1 - Ready Or Not
B2 - Dervish
B3 - Cat’s Eye
B4 - Tooth & Claw
B5 - When We Disappear

Clock Opera began with Guy Connelly, a London, England-based multiinstrumentalist whose soaring, emotionally naked voice recalled the likes of Paul
Buchanan (the Blue Nile), Billy Mackenzie (Associates), and Antony Hegarty
(Antony & the Johnsons) without being quite as extreme as the latter two
After forming a live band with Che Albrighton (drums, samples), Dan Armstrong
(keyboards, samples), and Andrew West (bass, guitar,
keyboards), Clock Opera released their first single in 2009 with the “White Noise”
7” on Puregroove. Further singles followed in 2010, including “Once and for All,”
on Kitsuné. The same year, Connelly remixed the Phenomenal Handclap Band's
“Baby,” Marina & the Diamonds' “I Am Not a Robot,” the Drums' “Me and the
Moon,” and Au Revoir Simone's “Tell Me.” In 2011, the band’s reputation
continued grow, releasing the infectious “Belongings,” single on Moshi Moshi
Records. Further remixes followed for Metronomy, Feist, Everything Everything
and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Following extensive touring (with Alt-J, Metronomy, Django Django, Maximo
Park), Clock Opera released their debut album ‘Ways To Forget’ on Island/Moshi
Moshi Records in April 2012. The Sunday Times called it “one of the indisputable
masterpieces of British pop in 2012….rare sonic ambition and scope”. Clash
Magazine said “a bar-raiser – an album of intelligent synth pop bubbling with
humanity. nAt the end of worldwide touring in late 2013, the band began to write
the follow up to Ways To Forget.
In 2014, keyboardist Dan Armstrong left to pursue his own music. Following
completion of recording the second album, multi-instrumentalist Nic Nell (who
also performs as Casually Here) joined in late-2015.
Following comeback singles ‘Changeling’ and ‘In Memory’, Clock Opera are to
release their second album ‘Venn’ on February 10th 2017.
Co-produced with Kristofer Harris (Bear’s Den, Matthew & The Atlas) at
Squarehead Studios, Kent, it’s a darker beast than their debut. The distinctive
sound of Clock Opera— the agile alto voices, a sleek and supple rhythm section,
immaculate production — is still present, but there's a marked shift in lyrical tone. Available from 10.02.2017
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