In the last few years, the music world has seen the rise of the NYC rock contingent, the merging of emo with pop-punk, the revival of Eighties electro-disco and the resurgence of Gang of Four-style post-punk art-rock, yet still Clearlake stubbornly hang by their fingertips to the crumbling ledge of Nineties Brit-indie. ‘It’s Getting Light Outside’ finds Clearlake much the same as their other material, a jangly slice of guitar-based pie mixing particularly downbeat vocals with an orchestral rhythm section, all pounding drums, strings and brass (although it turns out the latter is actually a guitar effect).
Even on the opening line “It’s good to see you, it’s been a while”, vocalist Jason Pegg sounds far from enamoured with our presence, and whilst regaling us with tales of staying up talking all night in a despondent tone might not provide the most interesting four minutes of your week, help is at hand. Long Throw Specialist steps forward to drag Clearlake’s musical wardrobe kicking and screaming into the present with a handy remix - less Verve-style fishing hats and mop-tops and more Brylcreem and black shirts – as the main guitar line is cut up and channelled into intermittent, Bloc Party-style slices, then served on a platter of pounding Phones-esque disco beats.
However, even after the remix shows Clearlake how their songs could be, like a visit from the Ghost of Musical Futures, it seems there’s no escaping the gloom as the jerky, uptempo feel just widens the gap between the arrangement and the vocals. ‘It’s Getting Light Outside’ is solid, even if it doesn’t set the world alight, but unfortunately for Clearlake, their path is so well-trodden by now that the ground is beginning to wear thin.
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