Smart bets web extra: Clare & the Reasons

I saw Clare & the Reasons, at the suggestion of AC Entertainment’s Ashley Capps, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Tex. The band’s haunting-yet-buoyant orchestral pop filled the high-ceilinged sanctuary, casting a spell.

Clare & the Reasons are Brooklyn-based collaborators/front people Clare and Olivier Manchon with other contributors. It’s Clare’s voice — Kate Bush-powerful/angelic/sweeping/ethereal tempered by enough Cyndi Lauper quirk to make her approachable — that garners the first listen. But everything that’s going on behind Clare — the pummeling drums, the cellos, violas, kazoos and saws — is what keeps the listener listening.

According to the group’s Facebook page, their new album KR-51 was recorded in Germany and written in Berlin during spring and summer 2011. It was released this spring; the resulting tour brings the band to the LAB on Wednesday, June 6. Ten Cent Poetry opens. 9 p.m. show, $10.

Listen to “The Lake”:

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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