MP3 At 3PM: Clinic

It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since Clinic‘s Internal Wranglers baffled us in the best way possible at the turn of the century. Since then, the Liverpool boys have released four distinctive psych/pop albums, toured with the world with Radiohead, the Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire, been nominated for a Grammy and kept Britain’s surgical-mask industry booming. On October 4, they’ll release Bubblegum (Domino), which was produced by John Congleton (Walkmen, Shearwater) and promises to be a more laid-back affair than their previous, more frenetic records. First single “I’m Aware” delivers on that promise, featuring shimmering acoustic guitars, sunny, languid vocals and a bright string arrangement. The track is definitively Clinic, but the change is certainly welcome and noticeable, leaving us salivating for more Bubblegum. Check out the video for “I’m Aware.”

“I’m Aware” (download):