Just want to say a little about Guy Connelly and co AKA Clock Opera.

George and I caught these guys at an instore gig at Pure Groove back in November. Back then they were launching their first single ‘White Noise’ and haven’t put a foot wrong since.

Whereas a lot of the other buzz bands coming out of the UK right now continue to beg, steal and borrow from a limited number of tired genres in order to carve out a lucrative niche for themselves (Delphic and Egyptian Hip Hop(!), I’m looking at you), Clock Opera’s distinctive ‘chop-pop’ sounds entirely fresh and accomplished.

It’s a beautifully crafted arrangement of acoustic sounds (harpsichords, hurdy-gurdys, violins, harps) that ticks along like the proverbial ‘clock opera’ of the title. There seems to be a phenomenal degree of precision at work within Connelly’s melodies and yet these are accompanied by free-soaring, delicate vocals and surging synths that appear to drive the songs on relentlessly.

Just as with Ratatat (whose excellent LP4 is currently playing non-stop in my flat and the cafe), this is a band whose name perfectly and onomatopoeically encapsulates their sound.

And that’s not all. Clock Opera’s remixes are simply second to none and highly sought after. Applying the same sensibilities to tracks by other artists, Connelly totally re-invents the originals by way of artfully chopped vocals and precise re-arrangements of the backing landscape (the beautiful flute line that can be heard above the swelling bass during the closing minute of his take on the Phenomenal Handclap Band’s ‘Baby’ is a perfect example of this).

Add to all this that Guy and the band seem like thoroughly nice blokes and their live show is going from strength to strength I, for one, am proud they are flying the flag amid a sea of buzz-laden mediocrity and look forward to watching their inevitable rise.

Next single is due to be out on Neon Gold soon and I would like to think an LP will emerge sometime early next year. Rant over. Listen below.

(I’m aware the Marina remix has been posted on everywhere but it is simply sublime. So there.)

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Clock Opera – White Noise

Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera Remix)

Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby (Clock Opera Remix)

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