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 released 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 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.” 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.
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23 Feb Bristol, Louisiana
1 March Manchester, Night & Day
2 March London, Corsica Studios
3 March Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
30 March Turin, Spazio 211, Italy
31 March Carpi Mo, Mattatoio, Italy
1 April Rome, Quirinetta, Italy
3 April Paris, Pop Up Du Label, France
4 April Luxembourg, De Gudde Wellen, Luxembourg
5 April Amsterdam, Paradiso, The Netherlands
6 April Dortmund, Sissikingkong, Germany
7 April Lorrach, Between the Beats Festival, Germany
8 April Frankfurt, Zoom, Germany
9 April Munich, Milla, Germany
10 April Hamburg, Prinzenbar, Germany
11 April Berlin, Berghain Kantine, Germany
12 April Cologne, Artheater, Germany
13 April Brussels, Rotonde, Belgium
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