Thursday, May 10, 2007
Here's the video for the first radio single from Baby Comes Home, "So You Think You're Gonna Live Forever". It was shot in NYC and on location at Coney Island.
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This is the video for the brand new Doleful Lions track "Magic Without Tears". The song will be on their forthcoming album 7. The video was directed by occasional collaborator Col. Yet another example of head lion Jonathan Scott's endless pop genius, as I'm sure you will agree.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Hometown: New York City.
The line-up: Patrick Cleandenim is aided and abetted by several eccentrically monikered musicians including Oto Gillen and Nathan Whipple, which might be East Village rhyming slang. Or not.
The background: If you like orchestral pop - which you should, because it is without doubt one of the great contemporary music genres along with Lovers Rock, postpunk funk, avant-disco and symphonic soul - you should at least investigate the impossibly named Patrick Cleandenim, a 22-year-old New Yorker who grew up in Lawrence, Kansas with Bobby Darrin/Dion DiMucci-style doo-wop and rock'n'roll coursing through his veins, as well as an innate desire to encourage listeners to do jazz hands.
The buzz: "Like debuts by the Strokes, Oasis and even the Beatles, Baby Comes Home is a wall-to-wall clinic in songwriting."
The truth: Forgive the pedantry, but the Beatles' debut wasn't actually much cop, but point taken.
Most likely to: Scare the baggy-suit pants off Rufus Wainwright.
Least likely to: Appeal to lovers of death metal or industrial grindcore.
File next to: Runt-era Todd Rundgren, Neil Sedaka, Nilsson, David Vandervelde.
What to buy: Baby Comes Home is now out on Broken Horse.
Tomorrow's new band: I Was A King.