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Clientele - I Am Not There Anymore LP


Merge Records

The Clientele's I Am Not There Anymore regularly evokes what singer-guitarist Alasdair MacLean calls "the feeling of not being real." Recording for the album began in 2019 and continued piecemeal until 2022-in part because of the pandemic, but also because the band wanted to experiment. "We'd always been interested in music other than guitar music, like for donkey's years," MacLean says. This time out, he and bassist James Hornsey and drummer Mark Keen incorporated elements of post-bop jazz, contemporary classical, and electronic music. According to MacLean, "None of those things had been able to find their way into our sound other than in the most passing way, in the faintest imprint." This stretching out-what MacLean calls "a leap forwards and to the side"-can be heard clearly in lead single "Blue Over Blue," with it's percussive samples and it's moments where the arrangement opens up suddenly into something cinematic in scope, with horns and strings. MacLean says I Am Not There Anymore is all about "the memory of childhood but at the same time the impossibility of truly remembering childhood... or even knowing who or what you are."

1 Fables of the Silverlink
2 Radial B
3 Garden Eye
4 Mantra
5 Segue 4 (IV)
6 Lady Grey
7 Dying in May
8 Conjuring Summer in
9 Radial C (Nocturne for Three Trees)
10 Blue Over Blue
11 Radial E
12 Claire's Not Real
13 My Childhood
14 Chalk Flowers
15 Radial H
16 Hey Siobhan
17 Stems of Anise
18 Through the Roses
19 I Dreamed of You, Maria
20 The Village Is Always on Fire