Après trois albums (" Thom's Night Out ", " Lullaby For Sue ", " Stick Music ") salués par la critique ("a largely acoustic set of great atmosphere and originality" MOJO - "eerie,looping folk melodies…delicately bowed and struck strings [and] beautiful 'lost at sea'effect" THEWIRE), LANTERN leur nouvel opus creuse obstinément le sillon creusé par le duo tout en ouvrant une nouvelle fenêtre dans le paysage discographique de CLOGS : mandoline, mélodica, ukulélé ou piano viennent ici se greffer au violon, à la guitare acoustique, ou au basson, et augmentent ainsi la palette sonore de la formation.
Clogs are a mostly instrumental project led by Bryce Dessner and Australia's PadmaNewsome, both men familiar from their membership in the acclaimed rock band, TheNational. But don't call Clogs a side project. Their existence predates The National, and Clogs have released three widely acclaimed albums -- a highly melodic debut Thom's Night Out (2001), then the experimental polyphonies of Lullaby For Sue (2003), and finally the minimalist explorations of Stick Music (2004).
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' fourth album, 'LANTERN' (2006) is their finest and most varied effort to date. They augment their unique sonic palette (acoustic guitar, strings, percussion, bassoon) with melodica, piano, ukulele, and mandola. Guitarist Bryce Dessner goes electric. Per usual, Newsome adds haunting vocals to one song, the title track: "Light me a lantern/in your lighthouse, my keeper/me a lantern" Consolidating and expanding on the sounds of their first three records, it also sees Clogs writing the best melodies of their career and incorporating more dub and rock influences. (The National's Aaron Dessner contributes bass to "5/4.")