CLOCK OPERA (UK)
Tuesday April 4th 2017 at 21:00
(concert - indie / pop)
Presale 12 euro +fee /// Box Office 15
Support ICE IN MY EYES (LU)
‘Dreamy, shimmery euphoria-and-melancholy-all-at-once’ The Guardian
‘Over ghostly chords and a rhythm that the dead would march to, singer and lyricist Guy Connelly’s falsetto floats like a knife through fog’ Consequence of Sound
Comprised of Guy Connelly (vocals, guitar, sampler), Andy West (bass, guitar), Che Albrighton (drums), and Nic Nell (keyboards, vocals,) synth-driven London quartet Clock Opera are unveiling their second album ‘Venn’ via League of Imaginary Nations and !K7 on February 10th. A darker beast than their 2012 debut ‘Ways to Forget,’ 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. “A lot of the album is about loss, absence, holes, haunting, questioning identity,” explains Connelly. “To be specific, the majority of the songs were inspired by a miscarriage. A lot of the others were driven by the fallout from it.” Although a darkly cerebral and grief-ridden record in theme, ‘Venn’ is as uplifting as it is sinister and ghostly, menacing and euphoric in equal measure. It’s an album named for “the intersection, the shared part, the hole in the middle."
The enveloping production of opening track ‘In Memory’ – a track about “questioning your identity, about being judged on who you are vs what you were vs what you were expected to be vs what you might end up being” – sets a haunting tone of loss and disbelief. Whilst retaining aspects of the distinctive, homemade sample-led palette of their debut, it introduces a darker, more rhythm-led sound of ‘Venn.' ‘Changeling’, with its hypnotic loop of church bells, recorded on a day off whilst touring Germany, sees Connelly in the midst of shock, his vocals possessing an aura of intimacy over the complex, overlapping percussive touches.
Next single ‘Whippoorwill’ throbs like an open wound, its narcotic churn reflecting the myths and legends about the titular bird being a vessel for souls after death. From struggling to let go, ‘Hear My Prayer’ hints at themes of religion and spirituality whilst finally relinquishing control to an outside force. These themes and “the dark restriction of freedom” are heightened by the contrast of Connelly’s restrained vocal performance in the Right To Be Forgotten inspired ‘Ready Or Not,’ the crystalline mix of splinters and shards cutting against arrhythmic clatter. ‘Dervish’ is the most actively political song on the album. Fizzy electronic glitches shimmer alongside the tune's mournful melody, inspired by the image of a Turkish dervish dancing in an Istanbul protest
Drawing ‘Venn' to its conclusion, ‘When We Disappear’ moves from bare lament to final emergence into hope, marking the loss of one and the arrival of others. “I’m a drop in the ocean, I’m an ear on the plain. Are we the ones we’ve been waiting for?” It’s haunting yet uplifting, a fitting end to an album pieced together through loss and the different stages of unravelling grief.
Recorded at home and at Squarehead Studios in Kent with Kristopher Harris (Bear's Den, Smoke Fairies, Matthew & The Atlas, Story Books) over the summer of 2015, ‘Venn’ sees Clock Opera entering new and exciting territory.
ICE IN MY EYES
Deep Pop hooklines are the trademark signs of ICE IN MY EYES's music which transcend the musical hinterland charm of their homebase Luxembourg. ICE IN MY EYES's first single release "Move" in summer 2013 already gave us a short taste of their sound: catchy and surprising indie-pop gems with a portion of danceyness to entertain the crowds.
In 2014 ICE IN MY EYES, also known as the band with the diamond crystal logo, released their first album! After successful concerts in France (including at “Transmusicales de Rennes”) the band the following year produced the second record, rocked the summer festivals (among them “Rock-A-Field”, “XPO North” and “Play Festival”) and are now preparing for the release of the new album in early 2016!
Their 2015 single “Hey Boy” entered the charts in Luxembourg at Number 10 and stayed in radio Top50 for 3 months straight.
ICE IN MY EYES supported and played successfully alongside bands like EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, KATE TEMPEST, K’S CHOICE, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA or THE WAVE PICTURES.
New Album in 2016, World Premiere in France.