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The Clientele: Breathy Vocals and Driving Guitars

The Clientele.
The Clientele.

Led by Alasdair MacLain's breathy vocals and smart lyrics, the London band The Clientele mixes psychedelic melodies and driving guitars into appealing indie-pop — a blend that's caught on quickly with American listeners. After toiling with demos and basement recordings for more than 10 years, The Clientele released its debut studio album, The Violet Hour, in 2003.

Following the sleeper success of The Violet Hour, The Clientele's second disc, 2005's Strange Geometry, brought the band a larger taste of mainstream notoriety. With that, the group headed back into the studio, boosting its production values for its new album God Save The Clientele — which MacLean describes as "a lovely blend of Big Star twisted power-pop and country achin'."

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.