The Clientele have been more popular in the USA than they ever have in the UK, and I have never understood why. This was highlighted when attending a Clientele gig in 2003 at an old cinema in Newcastle with a total audience of about 30 people. Pitchfork has described them as: “… guitar-centric indie pop, enamoured with the gently psychedelic 1960s (deep Beatles cuts, Donovan, Kinks …) and the UK indie pop of the 80s (Felt, Television Personalities).”
It’s a perfect record for autumnal days, recorded on old analog equipment which really gives an extra ambience to the breathy vocals and ringing guitar work. It’s mostly a collection of their first singles and not a “proper” first album, but none the worst for that.