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CLOCK OPERA’S GUY CONNELLY REVEALS HIS FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION.

The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1,2,3 etc from 10 different albums.

This months Fantasy Album has been curated by Clock Opera’s front man Guy Connelly. The London based group have previous won acclaim from The Sunday Times and Clash and have been descried as ‘intelligent synth-pop bubbling with humanity‘. They have already released two LP’s and a handful of EP’s and are looking forward to releasing their long awaited third album ‘Carousel ‘next year.

Here is Guy’s Fantasy Album:

1, ‘First Watch ‘ – King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins’ textures & atmospheres have undoubtedly been an influence on our new record. The way the production is gently  integrated into songs, enabling both to reach great and entirely complimentary heights was something to aim for. 

2. ‘Gone’ – Charli XCX & Christine & The Queens

” Incredible production & melody, massive charisma & tension. Favourite pop track in ages & a nice slam in the face after the gentle beginning.

3. ‘History Of Touches’ – Bjork.

Synths fall apart at the same time as the heartbreaking lyric details the end of intimacy. Weird, unpredictable yet totally universal.

4. ‘Running’ – Gil Scottt-Heron & Jamie xx

Another beautiful combination of talents. We are drawn to use a wide range of different sounds, atmospheres & emotions in our production and are constantly inspired by different approaches to sampling and songwriting, new ways to combine voices in different contexts.

5. ‘Retrograde’ – James Blake

Simple & otherworldly. Making something unique with the same basic elements as many others, but standing so far apart. When the chorus hits I am overcome.

6. ‘Do It Now’ – Mos Def & Busta Rhymes

 “Favourite double-team of MCs & 100% undeniable beat. Cannot not move.

7. ‘Alright’ – Kendrick Lamar

“Inadvertent hip-hip segment part 2. One of my favourite tracks of last decade for the production, unique flow and the unbelievable impact & power of the lyrics. Not to mention as a seamless section of a concept album, which I love. 

8. ‘Heaven’ – Talking Heads

Making something simple and profound is hard. “

9. ‘Music for 18 Musicians Section VII’ Steve Reich

This whole piece feels like it’s always on loop somewhere in my mind. This section gives us a moment of order and breath before a heavy hitter to end. “

10. ‘People’s Faces’ – Kate Tempest

OK it was track 11 on The Book of Traps & Lessons, but the last one so it counts. A voice of hope in desolation, eloquence in the face of fear and wide-eyed and unflinching beauty at the foot of monolithic, brutal truths.

A captivating Fantasy Album by Guy Connelly covering many emotions and soundscapes and some unexpected hip-hop choices.

‘Carousel’ is out Feb 7th via League Of Imaginary Nations & !K7 Collective. Single streaming & album digital pre-order: https://clockopera.lnk.to/carousel .For any news on future releases follow them on the socials @clockopera or on their official site clockopera.com

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