clogs – lantern [video]

Clogs is a (mostly) instrumental group, playing what could be loosely described as contemporary chamber music.  the band has strong ties to the excellent rock band The National. the band is made up of 4 classically trained artists, and they worked together on Lantern and put together an amazing 4th album (released in 2006). I found this great write-up on how they work together to create songs from their label’s web page for the band:

Clogs’ “classical” music is the result of a peculiar writing process more akin to a rock band or a jazz quartet. The members come to rehearsals with basic ideas that the group riffs on and develops in jam sessions and live performance. Newsome later arranges these ideas into elegant and complex musical narratives that meld and extend the ideas of minimalist, modernist, and romantic composers, adding sounds and melodies drawn from the folk music of India, the Jewish Diaspora, and everywhere else.

Clogs is another one of the amazing bands that I have found through WOXY’s Lounge Acts – Clogs performed live in studio at WOXY back in 2006.  the following fantastic music video was put together by Vincent Moon (staff photographer for the band’s label, Brassland) for the song “Lantern”, the title song from the album.

“Lantern” is one of the few songs by Clogs that has words, and this case they are used sparingly, sung in a haunting voice that adds some amazing depth to the song:

Light me a lantern
In your lighthouse, my keeper
Me a lantern
Me a lantern

after you’ve checked out the video, maybe swing over to Tillerman’s Proper Course for an alternate view on clogs, and how they are related to boating.


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