• Clare and the Reasons in BUST MAGAZINE

    October 29th, 2009

    Clare and the ReasonsWe’ve been digging the new album Arrow from Clare and the Reasons here in the office so when I found out they were playing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night, I dragged my dreamy-chamber-pop-loving ass out in the rain to see them. Let me tell you, it was worth the wet socks…

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    Musee Mecanique to tour Europe!

    October 28th, 2009

    Musee Mecanique

    Musee Mecanique are writing and recording their second album, sure to be a blast of beauty for our ears. They’re also heading to Europe in November! Here’s a list of tour dates:

    11/17 – Berlin, Germany – Café Zapata
    11/18 – Niederstetten, Germany – Kult
    11/19 – Munich, Germany – Rote Sonne
    11/28 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
    11/29 – Zürich, Switzerland – El Lokal
    12/1 – Fulda, Germany – Kulturkeller
    12/2 – Leipzig, Germany – Werk II
    12/3 – Frankfurt, Germany – Brotfabrik
    12/4 – Rubigen, Switzerland – Mühle Hunziken
    12/5 – Geislingen, Germany – Rätschenmühle
    12/6 – Luzern, Switzerland – Schüür

    Learn more about Musee Mecanique
    Buy “Hold This Ghost”


    Clare and the Reasons in the VILLAGE VOICE!

    October 27th, 2009

    clareandthereasons-thumb-575x427Clare and the Reasons are terrifyingly cute. They could destroy all worlds of lesser cuteness, blasting apart their molecules like Oppenheimer, and the band displayed this menace instantly via their stage props: brittle bundles of winter foliage, washboards, a tuba, and red pipe cleaners, the last of which would soon jut artfully/insanely from Clare’s hair. The band’s five members scattered and regrouped randomly, foreshadowing the highly twee experience to follow…
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    Clare and the Reasons in Corduroy Magazine!

    October 24th, 2009

    Clare and the ReasonsThe city annually rings in fall to the backing soundtrack of CMJ, as New Yorkers and indie music spirits blanket most of the Lower East Side like summered, partied-out leaves in search of the next big thing. What ensues is a messy cacophony of sounds, with a hearty helping of bland bands that eventually blur into the five days of music madness and are rendered irrelevant. Luckily on day number one, Clare and the Reasons breathed new life into the festival with a refreshing springtime sound at Mercury Lounge, reviving show-goers’ great hope for music renewal with their whimsical, narrative version of chamber pop.

    Ever the raconteurs, Clare Muldaur Manchon and her husband Olivier Manchon have a knack for developing simple, sparse tales into sprawling musical anthems….

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    Clare and the Reasons in PITCHFORK!

    October 24th, 2009

    Clare and the ReasonsIt took Clare & the Reasons a while to set up for their show at the Mercury Lounge. First, they had to affix bundles of white, leafless branches around the stage, creating a small forest in which to play. Then, they had to tune and soundcheck an arsenal of instruments: washboard, clarinet, trombone, tuba, glockenspiel, violin, bass, several guitars, assorted percussion, ukulele, and kazoos. There were no complaints for the late start, but widespread disappointment at the truncated set.

    The band consists primarily of singer-songwriter Clare Manchon and multi-instrumentalist Olivier Manchon, with two additional players switching fluidly between guitar, keys, horns, and percussion. Their upcoming album Arrow portrays them as musically omnivorous, blending stately chamber pop with jazz, lite rock, old Disney movies, Vince Guaraldi, “Sesame Street”, and pretty much anything else you can think of. They walk a fine line: The music is too adventurously orchestrated to sound twee, but too breezy to sound showy.

    Onstage, they meticulously re-created nearly every sound from the album, which is no small feat for a mere quartet. What can sound subdued in the studio sounded more emphatic on stage, especially the startlingly chipper “Ooh You Hurt Me So” and the rushing chorus of “Mellifera”. As the show progressed, the songs grew longer and more involved, culminating in a pair of winding, intricately arranged “epics” (Clare’s word) that closed the set. Despite the complications, they made it look easy in the end.


    Clare and the Reasons in the Boston Globe!

    October 23rd, 2009

    Clare and the Reasons
    They move well together

    They’re only in their 30s, but already Clare Manchon and her husband, Olivier, have the withering repartee of an old married couple – the kind of folks who obviously adore each other but still tell opposing accounts of how they met and feel comfortable enough to make criticism sound like pillow talk….

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    SPINNER Online Listening Party!

    October 20th, 2009

    You can now listen to the whole ARROW CD on AOL SPINNER!

    Click here to preview the entire CD!


    ARROW is released today!

    October 20th, 2009

    Frog Stand Records is pleased to announce the release of…..
    arrow_cover

    Arrow

    The new album by Clare and the Reasons!

    Join Clare and the Reasons tonight as they celebrate the release of Arrow at the Mercury Lounge:

    October 20, 8PM - The Mercury Lounge
    217 E. Houston St, NYC
    with special guest: Josh Mease!

    Buy ARROW now from the Frog Stand Store, or from iTunes!


    Clare and the Reasons on DAILY CANDY

    October 19th, 2009

    The Age of Reasons
    Clare and the Reasons Album Release

    Fellow citizens:

    As one who has always strenuously supported the rights of every man and woman to express his or her own unique opinions, please hear out this amendment.

    Henceforth, noogies to the man who contests the greatness of local band Clare and the Reasons. For the new album, Arrow, is a true work of brilliance…

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    Clare and the Reasons and Josh Mease LIVE this week!

    October 17th, 2009

    Clare and the Reasons and Josh Mease will team up twice this week for some great shows!

    First:

    Tuesday, October 20th
    Mercury Lounge
    CMJ Showcase

    217 E. Houston St, NYC
    Josh Mease: 7:30PM
    Clare and the Reasons: 8:30PM

    Then:

    Wednesday, October 21st
    In-store at Looney Tunes
    31 Brookvale Ave
    West babylon, NY
    Show starts at 7PM

    Hope to see you there!


    Clare and the Reasons interview on WALL STREET JOURNAL

    October 17th, 2009

    Clare and the Reasons’ on Making Chamber Pop
    WSJ’s music critic Jim Fusilli speaks with Clare and the Reasons about ‘chamber pop’ and their new album “Arrow.”


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