Amor De Dias - The House At Sea
Hey, it’s just an Alasdair kinda day at Doom & Gloom. Amor De Dias is a collaboration between The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean and Pipas’ Lupe Nunez Fernandez, and the splendid House At Sea is their sophomore effort, following up 2011’s Street of the Love of Days. If you’re familiar with MacLean’s dreamy, pastoral style with The Clientele, you will not be terribly surprised by Amor De Dias — the tracks where he takes on lead vocal duties could have appeared on a Clientele record without anyone blinking an eye. There are differences, to be sure — Nunez Fernandez’s lovely vocals, a more-than-passing infatuation with Flamenco-style guitars — but the apple does not fall far from the tree here. Not a complaint, by any means! The Clientele has quietly built up one of the most unassailable catalogs over the past dozen years or so, and with that band’s future in question, fans will certainly welcome MacLean’s new work with open arms and ears. The House At Sea is pretty irresistible, from the pure pop bliss of “Jean’s Waving” to the hazy, Spanish-language “Piedras Rotas.” Te amo Amor De Dias.