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Wednesday, March 16 • 11:00pm - Thursday, March 17 •12:00am
Clock Opera

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CLOCK OPERA draw from such esoteric sources as the systems music of Steve Reich and Philip Glass and have played their second ever gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London backing the international Ballet Rambert. But you don’t need any special qualifications to enjoy what they do, just an appreciation of quirkily melodic pop. This they create via a combination of conventional instrumentation and electronic production and manipulation, with specific attention to layering and repetition, and the application of various effects and devices. Guy Connelly's vocals effortlessly swoop and soar above the music, heightening the drama and moving it ever further away from the everyday manner in which it was born and places him in that small but select pantheon of distinguished male pop vocalists that also includes Billy Mackenzie of Associates, Haydon Thorpe of Wild Beasts and Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnstons, singers unafraid of expressing themselves in an unguarded, emotional way. Clock Opera are a studio unit who push the recording process as far as it will go, but they are also a fully functioning performing band who can reproduce the intricacies of their music while gaining a new urgency and energy. They are one of those bands that will get under people’s skin and affect the way they feel. It demands an emotional response and will always mean something for the listener. Paul Lester

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Clock Opera, I remember thinking, have this wonderful tendency to sound like their music combines real memories and made up memories, strong memories and shredded memories, and some sense of the mental and physical reality of a classic surprising pop song. They begin a piece of music... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2011 11:00pm - Thursday March 17, 2011 12:00am CDT
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