God is simply that which lies
Forever just beyond the limits
Of what we already seem to know.
It’s weird to think I’ve been listening to Clem Snide for 20 years. I still think The Ghost of Fashion is one of the best albums of this millennium. Since then, there have been lots of good albums released either as a band or as a Barzelay solo project.
2020’s Forever Just Beyond, produced with the Avetts Brother Scott, was the first album of originals in five years and it was recently reissued and expanded (as Beyond Forever Just Beyond) with new songs from the sessions, demos, and live recordings. And now there’s a new video for the title track.
Barzelay says, “From way back in the early days of Clem Snide, Isabel Coixet was a great champion of the band. Clem Snide songs would occasionally turn up in one of her beautiful movies. I also speculate we’ve been able to come back to Spain many times over the years largely because of her tastemaking. ¡Viva la gente de España!”
This is just as good as you’d imagine it would be. Everybody loves Superchunk; everybody loves this song; the whole is just as good as the sum of its parts. So glad this band is back together and doing new stuff.
That AV Club Undercover series is pretty cool. Clem Snide‘s Eef Barzelay covered Journey‘s “Faithfully” and it’s really touching.
Clem Snide is back, but Pete Fitzpatrick is out of the band. The Meat of Life is out now on 429 Records. I haven’t had time to fully digest it yet, but on first listen it sounds good. Eef Barzelay is a consistently solid songwriter.
A lovely cover of the Skynyrd classic by British folky Alessi’s Ark. This song lends itself particularly well to being covered. We saw Clem Snide do it years ago in Chicago and it kicked ass. This is a decidedly more subdued, but just as tasty, version.
I’ve been meaning to write about this album since I first heard it this summer. As you can hear, it’s more of a return to the full-band sound of the his Clem Snide stuff than the home-made acoustic demo vibe of his previous solo effort, Bitter Honey. In fact, this album contains two Clem Snide songs as bonus tracks: “I Love the Unknown” from Your Favorite Music, and “Me No” from Clem Snide’s final aborted Hungry Bird sessions. Recommended.