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Clearlake

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 February, 2006, 12:00am

Clearlake


Amber


(Domino)


The third album from the Brighton-based four-piece is also their most fully formed, following the media storm that surrounded their 2001 debut, Lido, and 2003's pared down follow-up Cedars.


Apparently the title is an attempt to explore the place that lies between day and night. Which might mean 'dusk' for most of us; for lead singer and guitarist Jason Pegg, however, it represents a metaphysical change explored by the 12 songs herein.


Alternatively, it might just be a reference to the fact that the orange street lights in Britain turn the country into a queasy nocturnal netherworld. Ambiguities aside, what is immediately obvious is that Clearlake is a band with vast musical ambition, veering from a Sonic Youth squall on Good Clean Fun to Kinks-inspired strum-along Finally Free, which also carries more than a nod to Blur.


Neon might have appeared on the Stone Roses' Second Coming. Together Pegg, guitarist Sam Hewitt, drummer Toby Pegg and bassist Dave 'Woody' Woodward, seem to embody the laid-back, eclectic nature of their coastal home town.


Even with titles such as Dream't That You Died, Pegg lands on his feet through tidy arrangements and some sweet harmonising with Hewitt. There's a touch of everything here from Queens of the Stone Age to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and My Bloody Valentine. Perhaps if the latter's Kevin Shields gets the chance to produce their fourth album, these cult favourites could be filling stadiums in the near future.


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