Clogs

2013-02-07 11:54:28 UTC
Clogs Profile

Clogs are a mostly instrumental project led by Bryce Dessner and Australia’s Padma Newsome, both men familiar from their membership in the acclaimed rock band, The National. But don’t call Clogs a side project. Their existence predates The National, and Clogs have released four widely acclaimed albums — a highly melodic debut Thom’s Night Out [ Brassland 2001 ] then the experimental polyphonies of Lullaby For Sue [ Brassland 2003 ] the minimalist explorations of Stick Music [ Brassland 2004 ] and 2005’s Lantern [ Brassland ].

When Clogs formed they were an oddball classical ensemble in indie rock clothing. Today, however, they’re at the forefront of a scene including friends in groups The Books, Rachel’s, and Bell Orchestre. Clogs are Newsome [ viola ~ violin ~ melocica ~ voice ~ piano ] Bryce Dessner (guitar/ukelele), Rachael Elliott [ bassoon/melodica ] and Thomas Kozumplik [ percussion ] They met in the late-90s while studying at the Yale School of Music. Newsome started his career as a concert violinist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, before a six-year detour took him to an ashram in the remote region of New South Wales.

He began composing in the 90s at the University of Adelaide, when he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that brought him to America. Dessner is an established soloist, and veteran of groups including Bang on a Can All-Stars, which has given him in contact with major figures like Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Elliott is a proud Vermonter and active freelance musician. Kozumplik is a master percussionist familiar with most any style.

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Since 2000, Clogs have plotted a unique course between outsider art and the avant-garde, composed music and popular song. THE SUNDOWN SONG EP presents Clogs at their most intimate. Mostly the work of founder Padma Newsome in singer-songwriter and choral director mode, it finds him creating and singing songs depicting his life and thoughts from his current home base, Mallacoota, one of the most isolated towns in the Australian state of Victoria. The EP presents three songs about mortality and bittersweet endings, gently backed by the Mallacoota Community Choir. From the album art to the thematic material, it offers a coda to Clogs’ much beloved 2010 songcycle THE CREATURES IN THE GARDEN OF LADY WALTON, and marks an ending of what Clogs once were as well as a reaffirmation of what they continue to be.

Clogs have already outlasted, influenced and impressed a who's who of modern music. They co-headlined the very last performance of post-rock godfathers Rachel's in New York. When The National emerged as the late bloomer favorite of the Brooklyn indie scene, it was Newsome’s arrangements and playing that helped now-classic albums SAD SONGS FOR DIRTY LOVERS, ALLIGATOR and BOXER stand out. When The Books began performing their folk-classical constructions live, Clogs were there as their crack backing band. And last year, when minimalist composer Steve Reich celebrated his 70th birthday, Clogs were invited to take part in the concert celebration assembled by London’s prestigious Barbican Centre. Not surprisingly we’ve heard Clogs praised by a heterogeneous mix of artists ranging from Antony and Grizzly Bear, to Sufjan Stevens and Laurie Anderson, to the younger composers who founded New Amsterdam Records.

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clogs - The Sundown Artist - Clogs Album - The Sundown Release Date - 2013 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1. A Hobson's Choice 06:12 2. The World Loves Me 04:53 3. The Sundown Song 04:02 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPOSITFILE Clogs - The Sundown BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - The Sundown -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clogs - Last Song Artist - Clogs Album - Last Song EP Release Date - 2013 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1. Clogs (feat. Matt Berninger) - Last Song 03:55 2. No Bridge 02:46 3. Loev Song 02:40 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Last Song -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Clogs Album - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton Release Date - 2010 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1 Cocodrillo (feat. Shara Worden) 1:50 2 I Used to Do 4:35 3 On the Edge (feat. Shara Worden) 4:01 4 Red Seas 6:13 5 The Owl of Love (feat. Shara Worden) 4:11 6 Adages of Cleansing (feat. Shara Worden) 5:54 7 Last Song (feat. Matt Berninger) 4:00 8 To Hugo 4:27 9 Raise the Flag (feat. Shara Worden) 2:49 10 We Were Here (feat. Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden) 4:22 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Clogs Album - Veil Waltz Release Date - 2010 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1 Turn the River: Celeste Theme 0:53 2 Turn the River: Mandola Theme 2:01 3 On the Edge 4:00 4 Veil Waltz 3:53 5 Turn 13 1:09 6 Three-Two 4:35 7 Colony Theme 3:17 8 Guitar 13 1:45 9 Parallel Man 3:55 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - Weil Waltz BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Weil Waltz -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clogs - Thom's Night Out Artist - Clogs Album - Thom's Night Out Release Date - 2001 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1 Yeri Ali 6:36 2 Mysteries of Life 6:01 3 Thom's Night Out 6:37 4 My Husband's Village 6:21 5 I'm Very Sad 6:36 6 Four Blue Poles 5:18 7 Sadness and Obsession 7:04 8 Ukifune 5:57 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - Thoms's Night Out BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Thoms's Night Out -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- clogs-lullaby-for-sue Artist - Clogs Album - Lullaby for Sue Release Date - 2003 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 01 No. 6 2:28 02 Who's Down Now 5:38 03 Turtle Soup 5:41 04 Scratched by the Briar Patch 3:05 05 No. 4 2:01 06 Swarms 7:04 07 No. 1 3:21 08 Gentler We 5:02 09 Lullaby for Sue 5:19 10 No. 3 7:37 11 Limp Waltz 3:34 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - Lullaby for Sue BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Lullaby for Sue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- clogs-stick-music-cover Artist - Clogs Album - Stick Music Release Date - 2004 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 1 Ananda Lahari 2:15 2 Pencil Stick 6:08 3 Sticks & Nails 8:20 4 Beating Stick 6:37 5 Lady Go 1:45 6 River Stick 6:06 7 My Mister "Never Ending Bliss" 4:29 8 Witch Stick 8:44 9 Pitasi 3:54 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - Stick Music BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Stick Music -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- clogs-lantern Artist - Clogs Album - Lantern Release Date - 2006 Genre - Mod-classical, Contemporary, Instrumental, Post-rock, Lo-core / Medio-core, Experimental Tracklist 01 Kapsburger 2:05 02 Canon 4:15 03 5/4 5:14 04 2:3:5 2:42 05 Death and the Maiden 6:22 06 Lantern 5:47 07 Tides of Washington Bridge 4:07 08 The Song of the Cricket 4:45 09 Fiddlegree 3:36 10 Compass 4:56 11 Voisins 2:52 12 Tides (Piano) 3:20 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FILEFACTORY Clogs - Lantern BANDCAMP STREAM + PURCHASE Clogs - Lantern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Jóhann Jóhannsson ~ Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ Sylvain Chauveau ~ Worrytrain ~ Clint Mansell ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clogs

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