Clique – “Boundaries” (Stereogum Premiere)

With their sophomore album Burden Piece, Philly four-piece Clique are making the jump from Broken World Media, where they put out their 2014 self-titled debut, to the stacked roster of Topshelf Records, but they’re keeping the restrained, low-key song structures on which they made their name. All of Clique’s tracks come in firmly around the 90-second/two-minute mark, and they all possess the same sort of downward slant. The wooziness of “Boundaries,” the record’s second single, is more reminiscent of the warblings of Alex G or Spencer Radcliffe than any of their emo contemporaries, though they still lock into a crystal-solid groove that helps them earn their keep: “Motherfucker ran me off the road,” they yell at a passing bus driver, or more likely themselves for derailing their own life. “I wake up sick and then start over, and test the boundaries again,” seeing how far it’ll take them. Listen below.

Tour Dates (w/ Solids, Stove):
05/05 Boston, MA @ O’Briens
05/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
05/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
05/08 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge
05/10 Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
05/11 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
05/12 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
05/13 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
05/14 Montreal, QC @ Ritz PBD

Burden Piece is out 5/27 via Topshelf Records. Pre-order it here.

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