Sometimes it’s great when you stumble upon something new, which you think you are the first to discover and wonder if you should tell everybody or just keep it a secret. With the chamber ensemble that goes by the name Clogs this clearly can’t be the case, with 5 albums to their name, their 2006 release Lanterns got rave reviews both sides of the pond, I’m obviously not the first person to hear of them. Never the less I first picked up on them from their video Last Song and was drawn in by the music. The four musicians Bryce Dessner – guitar, Rachael Elliott – bassoon, Thomas Kozumplik - percussion, Padma Newsome – viola, stem from the US and Australia and despite the classical / ambient feel to the music, they are actually an off shoot of indie rock band The National. Their anticipated 5th album Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton is a slight departure from thier primarily instrumental releases and are a series of song cycles with guest vocals from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens as well as Aaron Dessner and Matt Berninger of The National.
So the music may not be to everybody’s taste but might still deserve further investigation, in the meantime take a look at the video with vocals from Matt Berninger