Exclusive Stream of Clare and the Reasons New Album 'KR-51' at MTVHive This Week, NYC CD Release Show July 18th
NY chamber-pop group Clare and the Reasons' new album, KR-51, is now streaming at MTVHive, a week before its North American release on Frog Stand.
Out this week in Japan (P-Vine), the album follows the band's critically acclaimed 2009 Arrow LP, and its debut album, The Movie, which included collaborations by Sufjan Stevens and Van Dyke Parks.
KR-51 vinyl is available now at Frog Stand.
After making its first ever Bonnaroo appearance last month, Clare and the Reasons will perform a CD release show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
After touring and recording with My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens and Van Dyke Parks over the past few years, Clare and the Reasons needed a new setting - one that would make them see and hear differently. The group moved to Berlin for 8 months and dreamed up the sounds of the new record. After months of writing, they got a 1968 Schwalbe moped - model KR-51 - packed up a van and drove to Haldern-Rees, a little German village, to record KR-51.
These new songs carry the meticulous orchestration and innovative songwriting the band is known for, with a little more sorrow, a lot more distorted guitar, with Lotte Lenya's convincing delivery and a little bit of early Kate Bush. The great James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens) played drums on the album, and members of Orchestre de Paris contributed to the instrumentation, something Clare and the Reasons consider a miracle. This album is their Berlin.
Clare and the Reasons - "Make Them Laugh" video:
1. The Lake
2. Make Them Laugh
3. Bass Face
4. This Too Shall Pass
5. The Mauerpark
7. Step In The Gold
9. Last Picture Show
Clare and the Reasons Official Website