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I wonder who we are

We are the Clientele, and we are on top form, if the lead-off track from Bonfires on the heath is anything to go by.  For ‘I wonder who we are’, they have infused the lightness and deliberately banal joy of a Tropicália-era Caetano Veloso song with their hallmark shot of estrangement.  You can download ‘I wonder who we are’ here or here (where you’ll also see the album’s artwork).  Bonfires is due out in October on Merge, just in time for us in the UK to use it as the backdrop to our celebrations of Guy Fawkes’ honest intentions.

‘Share the night’ from That night, a forest grew reappears on Bonfires on the heath, which allows me to mention that I think I’ve chanced upon the source of that EP’s title – the children’s book Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak (1963):

That night in Max’s room a forest grew

and grew–

and grew until his ceiling hung with vines
and the walls became the world all around