Clerques – “these things appal”


London band Clerques draw inspiration from artists capable of succeeding in evolving, darker-set soundscapes. King Krule and My Bloody Valentine are among those cited, with a similar atmospheric pull on display throughout Elevator Music, the second EP from Clerques. Among the highlights is “these things appal.” The track captures a creepy, nocturnal feel with lyrics like “I see things in the night,” set alongside creeping guitars. The darker feel and hypnotic song structure certainly echo a post-punk feel. A flurry of heavier guitars help close this enjoyable listen, with an eerie laugh tidying it up for good.

Of the release, singer Joe Perrott says:

“Elevator Music is an attempt at finding brief moments of clarity within psychological disarray, lurching between frenzy and catharsis. It’s like the space in the elevator is narrowing and there’s no longer room for more than one voice. This is the result of the struggle – the cacophony as the walls close inside your head.”

Stream Elevator Music below:

“these things appal” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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