I was expecting that again, with The Clientele, an old habitual phenomena would repeat in my life as a pop/rock listener. That is: a band makes a record that I simply fall in love with ("The Violet Hour"), and after that it's all inexplicably downward. I've been waiting for every new release with trepidation, but neither "Strange Geometry" nor "God Save The Clientele" really convinced me, despite the critical acclaim they received. It seemed like they had lost one of their most vital elements, some sort of magic that cannot come only from the sum of different parts (drenching reverb+Felt guitars/sixties melodies and vintage organs + graceful string arrangements)... Well, luckily that seemingly karmic pattern got shattered with this wonderful release. Every song, from beginning to end, is a jewel of subtle, layered and minimal arrangements, the instruments are played softly, as in a light state of trance, the bass is a serpentine road that helps you travel through these songs-like-old-cities, like memories of old cities, the strings are like silhouettes rising, like the hills in the distance, Alasdair MacLean's voice/whisper is one of the few whispered voices in alt-pop that is utterly recognizable, because we know he's telling his habitual reveries, lost somewhere out of time. Plus, here we have some really beautiful trumpet arrangements, which in this context directly recall "Forever Changes" (by the way, another MacLean in there!), Spanish/Jazzy and Bossa guitars, and a delicious cover of a song ("Tonight") by an obscure Swedish band called Evergreen Days (does their name come from the Felt song Evergreen Dazed?).. And much more... and yes, the magic is here, again. Thank you for this record, can't stop listening to it.