Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Miss You” by Clinic from the 2012 album Free Reign on Domino Records.
Since their 1999 debut Internal Wrangler, Liverpool’s Clinic have donned surgical masks while walking the line between art-rock and post-punk for nearly 15 years. All four of the band’s members are multi-instrumentalists, which has resulted in a wide variety of sounds being incorporated into their work. Although their fifth album, Free Reign, is somewhat mellower and psychedelic-tinged than their past work, it contains the same mumbled intensity that runs through their best work. With its insistant Krautrock-disco thump, flourishing psychedelic runs, and Ade Blackburn’s vocals alternating between a stutter and a croon, “Miss You” mirrors the Rolling Stones song of the same name in more ways than one. Jagger-parallels aside, while “Miss You” is not as urgent as some of their catalog, the song unfolds its parts slowly, revealing an entrancing, circular momentum that wraps the listener in and never lets go. It’s Clinic embracing their more experimental tendencies while simultaneously indulging their detached form of romance.
Clinic is currently on tour in Europe, but they’ll be Stateside in April for the Austin Psych Fest, so more North American dates could very well be in the cards. Keep checking their website and Facebook for news of the band’s plans for 2013, and watch the equally heady, The 3 Sisters-directed video for “Miss You” now: