READERS of The Misread City know of this blog’s fondness for the California-inspired English band The Clientele, who mix elements of British folk-rock with the West Coast pop of Love and The Mamas & The Papas. Since their wonderfully atmospheric and tuneful LP, Bonfires on the Heath, lead singer/guitarist Alasdair MacLean has been wondering about the next right step for his band, and he’s now releasing the result of one of his side trips.
The new band is Amor de Dias — led by Al and the Spanish artist Lupe Núñez-Fernández of the group Pipas, and their debut, Street of the Love of Days, comes out tomorrow. (Here is a video from it.)
They’ve got a similarly pastoral feel, though cut in some cases with downtempo electronica and Spanish guitar. The tour — with Damon and Naomi — comes to the West Coast from May 31 (Seattle) to June 5 (San Diego), with a June 4 date at LA’s Satellite. (What we used to call Spaceland.)
Will Amor spell the end of the Clientele, or will it give Al another direction for his dreamlike musings? Here’s an interview exclusive with The Misread City.
The album’s title, The Street of the Love of Days has a funny and accidental origin. Can you remind us where the title comes from?