With their ninth studio album, Clinic make a visit to the disco. This is not a sentence fans of the Liverpool band could ever have envisaged reading, but after a while it all makes sense, becoming a fitting development in the band’s fascinating musical evolution. The seeds were sown in previous album Wheeltappers And Shunters, and further still in the work of side project Higher Authorities, where singer Ade Blackburn and Jonathan Hartley successfully explored dub-based material with Adrian Sherwood.
Photo by Sentinel Fantasy Island by Clinic Clinic sits down to candlelight while the world howls outside. Fantasy Island brims with imagery of income inequality, champagne toasts and island retreats. The band dances in and out of complicity, quaffing a glass of wine while nervously eyeing the masses beyond plate glass windows. "Clip on your tie," hisses Ade Blackburn menacingly in "Fine Dining," as if that will ensure a safe space when the barricades break.