“Refractions (In The Rain)” by Clinic

“Refractions (In The Rain)" by Clinic is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is off the English band's LP Fantasy Island
“Refractions (In The Rain)" by Clinic is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day

Clinic, release their new full-length Fantasy Island, on October 22, via Domino Records. Ahead of the album’s release English band have shared the album track “Refractions (In The Rain).” The song features synthesizer lines, danceable beats, and Clinic’s signature groovy, swaggering menace, as the singer growls, “Take us into the future say the people that play the music.” At the fore are the new additions to Clinic’s sonic palette: an acid bass machine, a 1970s cocktail rhythm unit, a Casio digital horn, and space drum.

Fantasy Island, recorded in an old studio on Merseyside during the summer of 2019 and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Neon Indian), the band say, “Clinic look to a brighter future.” They elaborate, “It’s a very positive album, it’s more about what you can make happen rather than being defeatist.”

There is definitely a lighter, more escapist mood to Fantasy Island. Referencing H.G. Wells’ Things to Come, Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage and Richard Brautigan’s Sombrero Fallout, Clinic explore themes of time, music and entertainment. “It’s a more global, international and outward looking record,” they say. “Clear blue horizons. The brave new world!”

As well as the Human League, other musical influences on the album include Fun Boy Three, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and early 1980s pop music. Balancing the sound and giving Fantasy Island its raw energy are Italian cosmic disco mix tapes and primitive busker elements, such as the Memphis Jug Band and old blues music.

Pre-order Fantasy Island by Clinic HERE