Clearlake: C/D?

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I just dunno... remembering seeing the Delgados live, they opened with this lot, and some of it seemed OK, but other bits were just half-arsed Britpop... am I misremembering?

Mr Swygart (mrswygart), Saturday, 12 October 2002 14:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i remember the first time i heard "lido", i thought it was a middle-of-the-road brit-pop band with some good songs.
i don't know exactly why, but the album kept growing on me and i ended up loving it. there's nothing new in there, we've all been there before, but there's something that makes this album special, enlightened: maybe the way they melt blur's melodies into dreamy guitar soundscapes a la pale saints (comforts of madness era).
and there's quite a few brilliant tracks. i used to be obsessed with "i hang on every word you say", and i still know it by heart.

joan vich (joan vich), Saturday, 12 October 2002 17:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, I love love loved them! Which means, of course, that they are DOOMED to total failure. Sigh. I had a similar experience to Joan, I thought they were charming but OK at first, and then the album grew and grew on me. I think that's what the lost Blur album (between Leisure and Modern Life) would have sounded like if it had ever seen the light of day. Quaint Englishness melting into hazy psychedelia, frustration and yearing merging somewhere under a hedgerow with Syd Barrett and Ray Davies.

Whatever happened to...

kate, Saturday, 12 October 2002 17:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lido has some superb songs on it (esp. I Hang On Every Word You Say, which I am completely incapable of ever listening to just once) but for me doesn't seem to hang quite hang together as a coherent album - maybe just duff track sequencing.

I hope they can produce another album as good or better but something deep inside me tells me not to hold my breath.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Saturday, 12 October 2002 20:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They're about to release a new single so at least they're still around. I liked most of the singles from the LP, especially "Winterlight", but the rest of the album was not quite up to the same standard. Admittedly, I've listened to it very little.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Saturday, 12 October 2002 20:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Simon Raymonde, ex Cocteau Twin, reckons they're the best british band since the smiths. I've only heard "jumblesailing" which is quite lovely so i'm not really qualified to comment. I saw the singer buying some milk in Hove about a year ago. He's very skinny.

chris sallis, Saturday, 12 October 2002 22:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like quite a bit of this, which rather caught me by suprise. Jumble sailing is especially lovely. Winterlight is quite good as well, one of the only Big, Dramatic Rock Songs I've enjoyed in quite a while. Course it comes at the end of an almost slight, unassuming, charming record and is totally unexpected.

scott pl. (scott pl.), Sunday, 13 October 2002 06:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

calum robert to thread!

joan vich (joan vich), Sunday, 13 October 2002 16:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Theyve got a new album out very soon. They're my third favourite British indie band! "Lido" is one of the best records about boredom and inertia ever made!

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 13 October 2002 19:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Their 2nd album, "Cedars", is due out on 3rd Feb. apparently

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Saturday, 25 January 2003 15:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
"Cedars" is just about the only thing keeping me going right now. There's no band that does perseverence in the face of hopelessness quite so well.

Especially "Treat Yourself With Kindness" I see you treat youself in ways you'd never treat another... do unto yourself as you might wish thy will be done by someone else and try your best to maybe treat yourself with just a little kindness ... I guess you'd have to hear the song to know how powerful it is. It's a song about self loathing which manages to transcend self loathing without degenerating into whinging, but rather a light at the other end of the tunnel, a way out... all with really amazing guitars.

kate, Friday, 14 February 2003 17:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Initial impressions of the new album after a couple of listens over the w/e are that it's very good indeed - anyone else heard it yet?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 17 February 2003 14:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Did Simon Raymonde produce the last one too? The sound on that seemed much richer to me.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 14:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

In Frank's interesting post above, he reminded me that someone stole my copy of Lido; he didn't remind me that I got back in touch with Clearlake today, it was in the forefront of my mind. This album is definitely less lush but Pegg's English cadence on some of the vowels is what sells it for me.

Finally an oh-alright-yeh-Ive-heard-of-them-they're-ok band who are great. You know the kinds of bands, innocuous, good-to-ok but never great: well Clearlake are.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Theirs is a world in which happiness is hard won. So is mine.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nitrousoxideitsuh you should look this album out, I think you'd like it.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 18 February 2003 21:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The new album's grown on me a lot. Hehe me Kate and Cozen - what a curious alliance to be the boards' 3 Clearlake fans.

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 20 February 2003 10:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Er, Tom, have a look at the review in this month's Uncut - I think you'll find that's 4 fans!

I got sent it before Xmas and meant to write it up on CoM but it got lost in the holiday/Blogger muck-ups etc. Actually, if anyone still wants a CoM piece on it, let me know and I'll try and fit it in sometime next week.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 20 February 2003 10:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of them - the imaginary world - more than the actual recs I have heard so far.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Thursday, 20 February 2003 11:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The imaginary world idea has very little to do with the actual records - well, maybe it does, I don't know. I think it would be amusing and very Clearlake if they had purposely invented an imaginary world which was less exciting than the real one.

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 20 February 2003 11:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I bought Lido and was sorely disappointed. I tried to sell it to a 2nd hand store and they wouldn't have it, wouldn't even let me exchange it. Okay so I've only listend about 3 or 4 times. But though there are some okay sounding numbers, it's just not good enough. And ironically, the nail in the coffin for me was that ridiculous ditty 'Jumble Sale-ing', bag of tripe. It doesn't have any of the edge of a Syd Barrett or Ray Davies but mercilessly rips that kind of Englishness in pop, rips it off, to paltry effect. Clearlake should get jobs on buses and start providing a useful public service, rather than go on contaminating stereos and lightening wallets with their mediocre drivel.

mitch rae, Thursday, 20 February 2003 14:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I think I've figured out one of the things that is great about Clearlake - they sing in cutglass Middle Class English accents. It's odd to hear this I think. You have the faux middle-class mockney (Blur), the cockney 'Oi!' (Ian Dury, More Fire Crew), non-descript Anglo-American (Coldplay), Scottish even (Proclaimers) but I can't think of anyone, even genuinely middle-class types who sing in this accent.

I've never heard Syd Barrett. But I did hear a track once that was amazing I think it might have been Peter Gabriel, does he sing like this? Nick Drake's voice is too velvet-hammer soapy to be classed as 'English'.

So, yes, I was right, upthread, it is the vowels. I just know what type of vowels, now.

Cozen (Cozen), Friday, 7 March 2003 19:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
I've just come back from seeing them live. Ok they had loads of technical problems, but the gig just made me love the band even more. I never realised until today that the two albums worked really well together. After listening to Cedars i went straight to Lido and picked up loads of bits that i haven't noticed before. And 'Treat Yourself with Kindness' has the best use of a bible passage/hymn since the KLF (ok K2 if you're being fussy)

jellybean (jellybean), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 22:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well, I ADORE Lido, and I've only listened to Cedars once, but on a first listen i have to say I didn't think much of it. It strikes me as less good tunes played less well - anyone else pick up on this? Or do I have to give it a few more goes?

Johnney B (Johnney B), Thursday, 8 May 2003 10:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Clear Lake? Great place to stop for a bite to eat and a restroom break when driving between Des Moines, Iowa and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bobby D Gray (bedhead), Thursday, 8 May 2003 14:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'm with johnney B, the new one didn't impress me as much as lido. i will give it a few more listens.

joan vich (joan vich), Friday, 9 May 2003 09:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Saw them last night. They were fantastic. jellybean is OTM about the 2 albums working well together.

Sam (chirombo), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Best bit about last night: Jason (is that his name, I think?) asking the lighting person to TURN OFF the bloody bright spotlights which kept blinding the audience. "But... but... they're HURTING people!" he insists. The audience, who have been squinting in pain for half the set, cheer.

Worst bit about last night: What is it about the sound at the Garage? Are they so used to horrible metal bands that they just automatically mix the guitars higher than everything else? I couldn't hear the bass or the keyboards - and the keyboards are some of the best bits of Clearlake.

I enjoyed the show because I love Clearlake, but it was painful at points. A brilliant performance marred by a cockfarming venue. :-(

kate, Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was on the left to start with and the sound was okay but I couldn't see properly. Then I moved over to the right and you're right, it was just painful sometimes. And then during one solo I couldn't hear a note but my ears were fucked by that stage.

I kept looking out for people who might be ilxors. I thought he was called Simon but maybe that's the other guitarist.

Sam (chirombo), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was on the left, but in the middle of the venue. I couldn't really see, but then again, I couldn't really see due to those awful spotlights anyway!

kate, Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was at that gig last night. I didn't know them at all beforehand. The first few songs were very pretty and everything, but all the same pace. Just when you thought something exciting would happen, the song would end. About halfway through the fifth song, out of nowhere, there was a proper chorus. It was quite a surprise. After that, I was impressed with most of their stuff. Their was one song that I intend to rip off. I like how the singer looks like Doctor Who. What accent does he have?

Eyeball Kicks (Eyeball Kicks), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 11:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
does anyone know if this is being released in the U.S.?

M Matos (M Matos), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 17:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's just been reviewed by Pitchfork, Matos. I'm not sure if that is a 'yes' but it would seem to suggest so.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 18:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What is up with the British bands combining two words to make a name. I think all of these would be better
Clear Lake
Cold Play
Star Sailor

Magic City (ano ano), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 19:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

coldplay used to be called the cold play. i know which i prefer

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 June 2003 00:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the one-word versions are infinitely better

M Matos (M Matos), Wednesday, 25 June 2003 00:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
i thought coldplay stole their name from another london band?

clearlake: I downloaded Cedars ages ago and was really disappointed. Then three days ago I was cleaning up and found an unmarked CD, popped it in, and loved it. coudln't figure out what it was, went back through my mp3s, and realized it was Cedars! Been listening to it for two days. For some reason it made a bad first impression, maybe the Cocteaus connection made me expect something else. But this record is good.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Monday, 22 December 2003 23:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think the first album is a lot better. my memories of it remind me a lot of a diluted version of the new robert wyatt (whimsical psychedelia, modern kitchen sink, middle-class english singing). some car-breaker stole my copy though.

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 22 December 2003 23:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The first album is better I agree - the second one is still as distinctive in tone and voice but the songs aren't quite as satisfying (except for a few).

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 09:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Finally got around to picking Cedars up and love love it. I love the production on it, is the first one radically different?

Jim Reckling (Jim Reckling), Saturday, 28 February 2004 03:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's sort of glossier.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Saturday, 28 February 2004 10:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

But the first one is worth picking up anyway, cos the two albums work really well together. It draws things out of the second album, that you otherwise might not notice

jellybean (jellybean), Saturday, 28 February 2004 12:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


classic. got the "almost the same" ep before cedars was available in the US domestically... fell in love... got cedars finally and was jilted slightly, but then grew to love it.

a sleeper classic for 2003?

does anybody else hear a connection to the cure perhaps? something about the mix of woe and energy...
m.

msp, Saturday, 28 February 2004 14:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like 'Trees in the City.'

B61 (calstars), Saturday, 28 February 2004 15:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Saw them open for the Decemberists Saturday, I was kind of put off by their
performance but they were nice enough guys so I picked up Cedars. I put it on today and it's growing on me. Trees in the City is definitely fab. I'll be seeing them again on Thursday, this time opening for Stereolab, so maybe I'll catch something I missed the first time.

stephen morris, Monday, 5 April 2004 02:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Yes, they are extremely good at what they do, and in retrospect it's a shame that the Franz/Libs NME-sponsored haircut-indie aesthetic picked up the hype when these boys always had the cool tunes and the lush atmospherics, not to mention the all important skinny hips and good-old fashioned self-loathing lyrics as noted above. And an ex-Cocteau producing ;)

Perhaps the self-conciously and conspicuously English/Blur vibe was detrimental at a time when when Radiohead's bizarre star was in its ascendency. Indeed, this may well have hampered their chances of hitting corporate-indie pay-dirt (which presumably was/is the plan).

Perhaps they simply came across as utter cockfarmers in their interviews, I really couldn't say. That doesn't affect your chances of success these days does it?

Re Singing In Cut-Glass English Middle-Class Accents - isn't this Eno's idea?

chris sallis, Tuesday, 20 December 2005 21:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

weird I was just listening to this again last night prompted by the art brut chat on that funny thread... still love that first album so much

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 21:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the new album has some really great moments

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 21:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

not last night; I mean tonight

what's it like yancey? how d'you rate the other stuff?

cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 20 December 2005 21:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

does anybody else hear a connection to the cure perhaps? something about the mix of woe and energy...

dude, totally fucking otm!

Yes, they are extremely good at what they do, and in retrospect it's a shame that the Franz/Libs NME-sponsored haircut-indie aesthetic picked up the hype when these boys always had the cool tunes and the lush atmospherics, not to mention the all important skinny hips and good-old fashioned self-loathing lyrics as noted above. And an ex-Cocteau producing ;)

the nme was all over their arses when lido came out. mark beaumont was creaming his pants over them (if anyone believes a word he says), and the eds let him. for pages an pages. different with cedars ... when that came out they couldn't give a fuck. i doubt they'll be any different with amber ... yeh i know you weren't really referring specifically to the nme but with a band like this the nme's importantish. fwiw i heart amber , but it took me a good 7 or 8 listens to pick up on all the cadences and refs and shit, and to get to the er implicated levels (ok, it is not such a complicated record, but to dismiss it on first listen would be doing the band and yourself a disservice: it's deceptive. praps specifically because of, rather than despite of, the simplicity).

i sort of predict and fear that they'll be one of these bands everyone namechecks in about 15/20+ years' time, when it's too late and they're all running b&bs in seaford or sth. their songwriting's superficially simplistic lyrically but the more you dig the more you win. awesome light and shade stuff going on throughout all their albums.

saw 'em at the borderline a couple of weeks back and omg it was great to have them back and everything and the new songs sounded wonderful (to the extent that i couldn't emotionally differentiate between new songs and old ones) but i miss the fervour of the old fans.

num i am gonna go listen to amber now.

emsk ( emsk), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 02:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oi swygart btw if yr still around, if you like teh delgados you should like teh clearlakers.

emsk ( emsk), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 02:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

send me an e too please!

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 12:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have now acquired Lido (actually did this... probably a few months after starting this thread, heh) and rather like it quite a lot. Have continually failed to pick up Cedars, but I heard the new single - not overwhelmed, but the remix of it by Caribou was A Bit Good.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 12:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://s37.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=13WCU36OEQQIG1O4AM5G6QUCAQ

Another remix (not the Caribou one)of Good Clean Fun

jellybean (jellybean), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 12:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ooh, that reminds me! I need to get this!

I have a list on my desk of albums I need to get. bah. I never get any.

The Hills Are Alive With Celibate Cries (kate), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 12:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i always have a list of albums i want to get. then i get drunk and order them online.

then my credit card bill turns up :(

jellybean (jellybean), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 13:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
where did they steal that riff on 'Here to Learn' from?? It's a classic rock song but i forgot the title and the original artist. lyrics go: whatever you want, whatever you need, etc

yeah i know, i'm clueless..

rizzx (Rizz), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 20:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's Getting Light Outside is a really great song from the album.

zeus (zeus), Thursday, 2 February 2006 12:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"I want to live in a dream". Absolute classic tune. Not heard new album yet, looking forward to it though. You might want to check out Clearlakes' heroes. A band called Cardiacs. Your ears will never be the same!

Dr Greyhound (Dr Greyhound), Thursday, 2 February 2006 13:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Clearlake played inside a local record store here in Spring 2004. I had no idea who they were, but they sounded pretty great. I immediately got "Cedars" and thought it was a fantastic album. I was hooked on it, but very surprised that they never got big. I grabbed "Lido" and "Amber" recently, but haven't given them much of a listen yet.

Harpal (harpal), Thursday, 2 February 2006 13:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seriously, how's that song called that goes "whatever you want, whatever you need". they nicked that riff.

not at all impressed by this stooges channeled thru aerosmith sound

rizzx (rizzx), Thursday, 2 February 2006 13:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Just bought Amber. What can I say? The difficult third album? Outstanding! From start to finish it oozes emotion. New drummer fits right in. They still retain those Barrett-era-Floyd harmonies that made the first two albums so appealing, whilst embracing a rock-ier edge on quite a few tracks. Stand out tracks for me are "No Kind of Life", "Neon" and "Finally Free". Lovely!

Dr Greyhound (Dr Greyhound), Tuesday, 21 February 2006 13:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Would it be remarkably unfashionable of me to bring these guys up at this point? I like them.

sorry for british (country matters), Wednesday, 6 May 2009 23:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I used to like them, too. Got bored of them quickly I guess. I guess it was the first album I had. I didn't know they were still recording.

Tupperware Honey and Asshole Weeks (Bimble), Wednesday, 6 May 2009 23:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Bought and loved first album, saw them on tour at the time, didn't listen to anything after, haven't heard them for years. Lyrics on first album waaaaaaaaaaay too close to home for anything other than wallowing listening.

e.e. cummingstonite (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 7 May 2009 08:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

NV's first sentence = ditto me except for thinking their second album was pretty great at the time and certainly slept on

display mane (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 7 May 2009 08:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

This thread makes me kind of want to listen to the second, I might track it down.

e.e. cummingstonite (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 7 May 2009 08:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

second is ok.. diminishing returns as you progress through their catalogue though

lolsdale street (electricsound), Thursday, 7 May 2009 09:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'd hang with that tbh (maybe bumping the second album up a bit) but there's plenty of good stuff even on the third album ("No Kind Of Life", "You Can't Have Me", "Widescreen" and maybe a couple more). The penultimate tracks on the last two albums are pretty much the strongest songs on those respective albums; if anything, this band needed to blow up a little more. "Treat Yourself With Kindness" is *awesome*. Second-best track on that album is the one where they go almost as far with the sonics ("Come Into The Darkness").

First album is thoroughly excellent imo. Terrifyingly consistent with the classic tunes, its willingness to experiment doesn't once detract from the strength of the songs.

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 7 May 2009 11:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Actually wtf am I talking about, "Almost The Same" is a fantastic little opener

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Never heard the first album, but I love "Cedars," an album so thoroughly and convincingly pessimistic that its cheery opening track sounds like an ironic pisstake, and the redemptive closing one-two punch at the end actually feels earned.

Not too into the third record barring the great opener. These guys ever coming back?

Simon H., Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Listen to the first album! It's much sunnier, cheerier and more whimsical than Cedars, and has some cracking tunes.

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

to answer my own question, they are releasing some singles to fund a new album:

http://www.myspace.com/clearlakenoise

Simon H., Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

and then I realized "September" meant "September 2008." :(

Simon H., Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Brand new single "The Credit Or The Blame" out now!
Current mood: busy
Category: Music
Clearlake's new single "The Credit Or The Blame" was released on Friday February 20 - it can be previewed on the Myspace page now and bought exclusively from the website - http://www.clearlake.uk.com

As with the previous two singles, the proceeds are being used exclusively to fund the recording of new album "Dark Blue" - the album is now nearly complete and will be released later in 2009...

Hope you enjoy the new song!

Doesn't sound like too much cause for concern tbh

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 7 May 2009 14:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Currently listening:
Sing to God parts 1 & 2
By Cardiacs
Release date: 1996-06-10

Actually, sounds quite promising imo

sorry for british (country matters), Thursday, 7 May 2009 14:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"Amber" has officially had the longest purchase-to-love gestation period of any album I own. The ultimate slow-burner. All three Clearlake records are very, very good. Bring on number 4 (in a month or two)!

country matters, Saturday, 25 July 2009 00:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I suppose the new stuff is okay but I'd much rather make my own up, any day.

General Pubic (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 25 July 2009 02:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Jason Pegg has a digital-only solo album out. Very nice stuff, like a less rocking Clearlake but still solid lyrics and memorable tunes.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 31 January 2010 04:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Pegg's new solo album is really good, and 'Might As Well' besides being the archetypical Pegg songtitle is kinda Cardiacsy :)

imago, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up, grabbing this now!

Any idea what became of Clearlake? Did they just disintegrate?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:27 (three years ago) Permalink

musical differences, I presume

Pegg's the one worth following, obv

imago, Sunday, 14 September 2014 20:47 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

decided that Lido is kind of the ultimate British indie record

imago, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Heh, just thinking about these lads lately. As much as I dig "Lido", it's the power and energy of "Cedars" that does it for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:02 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

it's Lido season (for the next five months)

imago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Cedars is a longtime personal fave, brilliantly sequenced

Simon H., Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

also fantastic

upthread predictions that they'd be referenced as a classic band in retrospect seem unfortunately wide of the mark. we'll remember you, clearlake

imago, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for bumping this thread, spun "Lido" and "Cedars" for the first time in yonks. Still hold up, love the lyrics. I want to live in a dream!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 9 November 2017 23:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

their grasp of album sequencing on those first two records is wondrous

imago, Friday, 10 November 2017 00:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Lido meant a lot to me when it came out, I had just come out of a phase of doing a lot of drugs and had dropped out of uni and didn't know what was next, I had this mix of being kind of burnt out and a failure but also waking up to the world. It really captured that feeling so well that it felt like it had been written specifically for me.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 10 November 2017 00:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Another Cedars fan here ... “wonder if the snow” and “trees in the city” are favorites

I think pitchfork is how I found them

calstars, Friday, 10 November 2017 01:25 (one week ago) Permalink

This band are still painfully underrated.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 07:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I need to re-listen to all of their albums ASAP... I still find it incredible that this band were swept under the carpet the way they were.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 07:15 (one week ago) Permalink

part of my dumb animus toward the arcade fire is people losing their shit over 'funeral' when 'cedars', released not that long before it, had been relatively unheralded. i know it's not a competition but pitchfork nation can sure be easily blinkered

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 November 2017 13:48 (one week ago) Permalink

but...in a rare stroke of inspiration, pitchfork gave cedars 9.4 iirc

imago, Friday, 10 November 2017 14:11 (one week ago) Permalink

oh, 9.1

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/1495-cedars/

that's still a LOT for a british indie band

imago, Friday, 10 November 2017 14:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Pianos Become the Teeth sound like an emo band again and I'm not sure how to feel about that yet

https://open.spotify.com/track/5kEHz2d1bafXdAem3PfIya

Simon H., Friday, 10 November 2017 14:26 (one week ago) Permalink

woops wrong thread lol

Simon H., Friday, 10 November 2017 14:44 (one week ago) Permalink

that's a great review for a killer album but they never became one of pitchfork's hype bands, despite ruling way harder than some i could name

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 November 2017 15:14 (one week ago) Permalink

i really loved this band at the time but for the life of me, i can't remember one thing about them other than they were mellow. i own two or three CDs.

Bee OK, Saturday, 11 November 2017 01:15 (one week ago) Permalink


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