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When we posted “I Wonder Who We Are,” I called it Bonfires On The Heath’s “fakeout opening track” because it’s more upbeat than most of what comes after it. There are certainly spry moments on the Clientele’s fourth album — blissed-out psych nugget “Sketch,” the legitimately funky “Share the Night” — but the prevailing mood’s a teeming, soporific late-October field populated by bats, scarecrows, invisible choirs, and phantoms in the gaps between your bones. The gorgeous mix of drone, strings, and Alasdair MacLean’s evocative “Harvest Time” narrative perfectly sets this hauntingly beautiful tone.

Bonfires On The Heath is out 10/6 via Merge.

[Photo by Andy Willsher]

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  1. Harvest Time is one of my favorites from the album if not one of my favorite Clientele songs ever, which is saying a lot. So haunting, so beautiful. It reminds me of Neil Young in the best ways. But super spooky and calming. I loooooove this song.

  2. This is really good. Reminds me of Pink Floyd, but I’m not sure why!

  3. John  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2009 0

    Can’t get enough of this tune! Really looking forward to hearing this when the leaves are all brown and orange. Beautiful.

  4. Ivy,Ivy/In Space  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2009 0

    Mathew Sweet good… lacking in hard core duende though…that’s what sets Big Star apart….

  5. Rocks de Milo  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2009 0

    must be the season of the witch…Donovan

  6. taylor coble  |   Posted on Sep 3rd, 2009 0

    soft, sweet, ambient music. listen in late autumn by candle light and introspect.

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