The Clientele return with new studio album and autumn tour, share lyric video for “Lunar Days"

A warm welcome back to The Clientele, who have announced the September 22 release of Music for the Age of Miracles, their first new album in seven years! Check out the lyric video for “Lunar Days” below, which paints a picture of London’s Russell Square at twilight and “things on the edge of sight” according to frontman Alasdair MacLean. In other words: quintessential Clientele.

Watch and share the lyric video for “Lunar Days” now

Music for the Age of Miracles features cover art by renowned British artist Carel Weight. Over in the Merge store, the album is available on CD and standard black vinyl, as well as a deluxe edition on blue swirl vinyl that is paired with the new “All Alone” b/w “Lyra in August” 7-inch. All three options can be pre-ordered and bundled with an exclusive t-shirt. The album is also available digitally here.

After the release of Minotaur in 2010, Alasdair made two wonderful albums with Lupe Núñez-Fernández as Amor de Días, issued a Clientele best-of called Alone and Unreal, oversaw reissues of Suburban Light and Strange Geometry and played shows solo or as part of Amor de Días or The Clientele. He and Lupe have also been raising a family; according to its author ‘The Age of Miracles’ here is partly a song about fatherhood: as he says, “the empty house being filled, the weird sleeplessness, the seasons sneaking up on you.” But the prospect of a new Clientele record seemed to be diminishing.

It seems fitting, then, that a chance meeting with a ghost from the past/future is what led to Music for the Age of Miracles, the first album of new Clientele songs in seven years. Alasdair and Anthony Harmer knew one another and played music together in the mid-1990s but had lost touch.

“I had often wondered what had happened to Anthony since,” recalls Alasdair. “It turned out—he told me—he’d studied the Santoor, an Iranian version of the dulcimer, and over decades become a virtuoso, at least by my standards. He suggested we have a jam together. Ant and I now lived three streets away from each other, it turned out. He started to arrange my songs. He let me write and sing them and he came up with ideas for how they should sound. This carried on until we had an album. I called up James and Mark and asked them if they wanted to make another Clientele record. They did, and this is it.”

So, a new collaboration with an old acquaintance led to a new Clientele album. Anthony Harmer joins the line-up of Alasdair, James Hornsey (bass) and Mark Keen (drums, piano, percussion), contributing string and brass arrangements as well as guitars, vocals, keyboards, saz and, yes, Santoor.

God save the Clientele and welcome back. See them when they tour this fall; dates below.

The Clientele on tour:
Sep 22 London, UK - Oslo
Oct 31 Toronto, ON - Great Hall
Nov 02 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Nov 04 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
Nov 05 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
Nov 07 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
Nov 09 Seattle, WA - Neumos
Nov 10 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Nov 12 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom