Song of the Day: "Bookshop Casanova," the Clientele

Bookish pop for pretty Brits.

Published April 17, 2007 7:01AM (EDT)

Even though London's Clientele have been making sweet and sophisticated guitar-based pop music for more than a decade now, the upcoming "God Save the Clientele" is only the band's third album. It just so happens to be its best too, filled with tracks like "Bookshop Casanova," which finds Alasdair MacLean's yearning vocal framed beautifully by a swirling mix of strings and pushed along by a choppy rhythm-guitar part. It's the kind of attractively fey song that will be perfect for the film I'm making in my head about intelligent young Londoners who shuttle between their stylishly appointed Soho flats on Vespas and have long conversations about Kafka.

-- David Marchese

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