Four years after the release of their debut album, Guy Connelly, Andy West, Che Albrighton, and Nic Nell, or commonly referred to as Clock Opera, have finally released their sophomore LP.
The indie rock band from London have been working tirelessly to produce an album that would thrust them back into the musical circus – starting a crowdfunding campaign to ensure that their material could be heard by a wider audience and not consigned to rough demos and scribbles in notebooks. Two months after the initial plea the band reached their goal and got to work on creating ‘Venn’.
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In contrast to their debut album, ‘Venn’ is “More darker and rhythm led…” ‘Changeling’ is what drove this album and was clearly the contained the framework for all the other rhythmic ideas on the album. With the unique creation process of putting together the beats and rhythms from everyday sounds like church bells before writing the lyrics, it provides an interesting twist on ‘song-building’ and production.
With the emotionally raw voice of Connelly, the haunting lyrics and the darker edge of the rhythms used and sampled, this album comes together to tell stories of heartbreak, isolation, and loss. Although ‘Tooth and Claw’ has a more upbeat feel behind it, do not mistake it for being any less emotional than the rest of the album. With lyrics like “When yesterday’s friend is a friend no more” and “I need the feeling that I had before” the track doesn’t seem as deep-seated in heartbreak than the others but it still has the power to tug at heartstrings and allow listeners to feel the pain of its creators.
While there are occasional similarities to Tame Impala it should be mentioned that Clock Opera, and their sophomore album, do offer powerful and often unique aspects to an already popular genre of music; at a lyrical level and by its clever construction throughout it showcases the emotional and darker side of songwriting that some artists tend to shy away from. A brave and confident release that justifies its place in the crowdfunding hall of fame.
‘Venn’ is out now via League Of Imaginary Nations