Clock Opera: East London's Experimental Pop Group

Described as "chop-pop" and "indie-tronic" Clock Opera are crafting music which is hard to define but easy to love...
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Described as "chop-pop" and "indie-tronic" Clock Opera are crafting music which is hard to define but easy to love...

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When describing music is a challenge you know you are either onto something special or onto something pointless - there is no middle ground with bands or artists that don't fit neatly into a music genre. Clock Opera are a four piece from London and other parts of the South East and upon hearing them you'll appreciate the fact that describing their sound is no easy task.

In 2009 Guy Connelly, originally a member of The Corrections and then The Fall Out Trust, decided to form a new band. He came together with Andy West, Che Albrighton, and Dan Armstrong and Clock Opera were formed. With influences including Kate Bush, The Avalanches, and Panda Bear the band were never going to be run of the mill and right from the beginning of their performing career they've had continued attention from big record companies trying to figure out whether they are looking at the next big thing. Thus far the band have produced a selection of songs and pieces released by a mix of labels, toured alongside various bands, created successful remixes of the likes of Bloc Party and Yeasayer, been picked as a headline act on the uber trendy series of “Curated by Lyle and Scott” gigs and played numerous high profile festivals like SXSW. So, you are probably asking yourself, why have you never heard of them?

The vocals can be repititive phrases, collages of odd lyrics or haunting retelling of obscure stories and you would be forgiven for at first thinking its all abit random.

Their style of music has been described by people in the industry as “chop-pop” and “indie-tronic” in an attempt to pin down the bands hypnotic and hugely original sound but these terms alone don't really do them justice. They are essentially an experimental pop group who use a variety of unconventional instruments and untraditional ways of putting together rhythms and melodies. The vocals can be repititive phrases, collages of odd lyrics or haunting retelling of obscure stories and you would be forgiven for at first thinking its all abit random. However, where Clock Opera get the pulses of A&R men across the world racing is that when it all comes together it sounds absolutely fantastic.

On facebook they have 8,000 fans. On YouTube they have a couple of songs with 50,000+ views and one that is close to 200,000 – not exactly numbers that show a huge fanbase and not a great deal to show for almost 3 years of existence. However, their progression is the same as listening to their music – you might not get it straight away but it grows on you and slowly begins to be the music you find yourself returning to again and again. Songs like “Belongings” and “Once and For All” (findable on YouTube and Spotify) are great examples of what the band are all about and listening to these two will hopefully encourage you to listen to abit more, and then abit more after that. With their first album, “Ways to Forget”, being released in April 2012 and after a recent tip of the cap from BBC Music they will hopefully start to get the recognition and the fanbase they deserve. 3 years might be a long time for the release of a debut album but in that period they've been tinkering, discovering, remixing, and re-inventing their sound and from what they've released so far its going to be worth the wait.

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