The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #37 - Clinic

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason or another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Clinic

WHAT: Free Reign II

WHEN: March 2013

WHERE: Domino

WHY: The men, the myth, the masks. When it comes to kooky, you can’t do much better than Clinic. They’ve done it record after record, cleverly reworking their sound but always retaining that certain eccentricity that could only belong to them. Free Reign II is diabolically, masterfully weird, an upside-down, inside-out fun house of sonic tomfoolery. Throbbing beats and some knob-twiddling fit in well with the usual aural oddities running rampant. Clinic proves once again that Liverpool is more than just mop tops with matching suits; It’s also surgical masks and matching scrubs.

MY JAMS: “You II” “King Kong II” “Miss You II” “Seamless Boogie Woogie, BBC2 10pm (rpt) II” “See Saw II” “Done And Dusted II”

[posted 2.25.14]


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