February 5, 2013

The Return of Clogs

Been wondering what Clogs are up to these days? Most days we wonder the same thing. But today we have actual news for you. The group has just released The Sundown Song EP, an intimate, three-song collection that captures group leader Padma Newsome in his current home base, Mallacoota, one of the most isolated towns in the Australian state of Victoria. The songs explore mortality and bittersweet endings, a theme well-captured in the music video for the title track, "The Sundown Song." Check it out:

Stereogum premiered it earlier today and says "the video is equally as soothing as the track, a collage of real life clips, sepia-toned and almost like living photojournalism." Pitchfork wrote of the track: "Clogs have always been stirring, but rarely this moving."

Clogs have two performances upcoming -- on February 6th they take part in Ecstatic Music Festival. Clogs will perform a selection of their own music, and composer Sarah Kirkland Snider will present her new work, Unremembered, a 13-song cycle made in collaboration with New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, and featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Clogs' Padma Newsome. The work is a commentary on memory and innocence, which appropriately complements Newsome's narrative thread in The Sundown Song EP.

Be there or be square. Or, perhaps we should say, be there and be square. But either way, with music this beautiful, you won't care.

Oh crap that rhyme was totally unintentional and really awkward. Anyway, enjoy the tunes!

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