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CLOGS were formed in the late nineties as a project by a group of Yale University music students. The group consists of an eclectic blend of artists from Ohio, Michigan, Vermont and Australia, the band's music combines classical and folk arrangements with exquisite acoustic instrumentation and delicate vocal harmonies.

Several contributors to CLOGS albums are also members of the New York-based THE NATIONAL including Bryce Dessner, who has also composed for and performed with KRONOS QUARTET and BANG A CAN ALL-STARS. The band's albums include guest performances from the likes of MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND's Shara Worden, and Sufjan Stevens.

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Thom's Night Out
2001
4.00 | 3 ratings
Lullaby for Sue
2003
3.67 | 3 ratings
Stick Music
2004
4.00 | 3 ratings
Lantern
2006
3.17 | 4 ratings
The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton
2010

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Veil Waltz
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Last Song
2010

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3.17 | 4 ratings

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Clogs Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Often quirky and sophisticated and sometimes entertaining, CLOGS specialize in what one might call "Egghead Music", brimming with intellectual assimilation of various highbrow styles like chamber music, minimalism, avant garde and even opera. While the overall effect is somewhat cold and calculated, sufficient understanding of the role of emotion in music seems to have crossed the moat and mounted the ivory tower. I found plenty to enjoy when the brain and the heart were able to engage simultaneously, even if I don't meet the likely academic prerequisite for full appreciation.

While the manipulative artifice of the opener "Cocodrillo" does not bode well, and "The Owl of Love" and "Adages of Cleansing" quell any musical insight with smarmy dissonance and cold sopranos, "I Used to Do" and "To Hugo" demonstrate the hypnotic minimalist and chamber folk flip side of CLOGS respectively to worthwhile effect. On the vocal front, Matt Berninger's fireside warm "Last Song" is a stunner, a cross between MOONGARDEN and CRASHTEST DUMMIES musically, but the repeated lyrical message is profoundly succinct. Another highlight is courtesy of guest vocalist SUFJAN STEVENS who somehow transforms "Red Sea" into his own, the character of the band itself resting on his broad shoulders.

After an initially unfavorable impression, I admit to reveling in about half of this immensely, and if you think you might be partial to chamber folk, or are a fan of NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA or MR TOAD, pick up and put on your CLOGS post haste.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

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