British rock act Clinic will release its fourth album, "Visitations," Oct. 10 via Domino.
British rock act Clinic will release its fourth album, "Visitations," Oct. 10 via Domino. The follow-up to 2004's "Winchester Cathedral" was recorded in roughly a month's time at the band's newly constructed studio in its Liverpool hometown.
"Compared to 'Winchester Cathedral,' its a lot more direct and more upbeat," lead singer Ade Blackburn tells Billboard.com. "We think of it as more of a proggy sounding album. A lot of it was more designed to play live, rather than relying on the studio more."
The set was previewed earlier this year with the track "Tusk," which Clinic posted on its Web site. "The thinking behind it was, 'Tusk' is a raw punk song, like one we'd imagine on old punk seven inches. Why not give it away free," Blackburn says with a laugh.
According to Blackburn, "Visitations" finds Clinic shifting its direction in song content as well as sound. "On previous albums, its been exploring darker sides of behavior," he says. "This one goes beyond that and focuses on seeing simplicity, accepting other people for what they are, rather than over analyzing people."
Musically, the band tested out harpsichords and flutes as well as "primitive electronics" and percussion, according to Blackburn. "It really balanced the guitars out, so it's not such a 'rock' sound," he says.
Although no dates are scheduled, Clinic will tour the United Kingdom in September.
Here is the track list for "Visitations":
"Harvest (Within You)"
"Children of Kellogg"
"If You Could Read Your Mind"
"The New Seeker"