The new band is Amor de Dias -- led by Al and the Spanish artist
MacLean is one of the indie world's best songwriters and a very fine, Tom Verlaine-influenced guitarist; we look forward to whatever he comes up with.
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.
What made you want to step outside the framework of The Clientele, a band that's recently released one of its best records and has gradually accumulated a decent audience in the States, with this new combo Amor de Dias?
Audience sizes and good reviews don't mean anything if you've run out
of inspiration. With the Clientele I felt that I had no new ideas.
That was the sign to take a break really. Amor de Dias was going on at
the same time and it was less pressure, more about fun; we didn't have
a record contract initially, so if the recording had gone badly we
could have quietly buried it and walked away. I think you can hear us
having fun on the record.
The Clientele seems to be coming out of Nick Drake and Marquee Moon, with maybe some French symbolism thrown in... What are the compass points for Amor de Dias?
Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa definitely; that side of bossa nova.
Spanish guitars. Some spooky folk music like Trees. New, more
percussive and complicated rhythms. Vocal harmonies. Painters of the
English countryside like Paul Nash and Samuel Palmer. Surrealist poet
Robert Desnos. An odd mixture I guess!
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?
Yeah, me walking down a Madrid street called Calle de Amor de Dios. I
think I'm being really clever cos I can translate it: oh my, this
street is called "Street of the Love of Days". How poetic and
beautiful! Only I got "Dios" and "Dias" mixed up. it's actually called
"Street of the Love of God". All my Spanish friends shook their heads
at me, but the name stuck anyway.