Minotaur is reminiscent of all the things I've grown to know and love about The Clientele. It's melodic, sometimes eerie, lyrical, and a bit mysterious.
One track that stands out is "The Green Man," which is a spoken word track towards the end of the album. It was written by Alasdair MacLean and posted on his blog in 2008. His breathy vocals, the indistinct sounds in the background, the ghostly imagery -- all create a feeling that sticks with you. It's one of MacLean's shining moments, where he really puts his literary talents on show, and you are able to see that he's not just a musician but a seasoned writer.
To accompany this mini-album, The Clientele is doing a short West Coast tour, starting in Seattle and ending in San Diego. So if you are wanting to hear more from this talented band, head out to one of their incredible live shows.