The Great Escape had no shortage of delights on offer last weekend in Brighton, but for us there was perhaps none greater than Clock Opera at Hector's House on the Saturday. We've been fans of the group from square one, having put on one of their first ever live shows last July and given them their first remix commission (and we all know how that one turned out), but even we weren't prepared for how far they'd come in the last 12 months.
With an arsenal of new tracks mixed by Dan Grech - fresh off his amazing work with previous Neon Gold all-stars Sound of Arrows and Penguin Prison - and a completely revamped live show, they're one of the most exciting new acts in the game right now. For proof of their progress, look no further than new single "A Piece of String", out next month on new French imprint Maman. Our favorite track from them to date, it finds the group at their absolute best as frontman Guy Connelly's haunting vocals take centerstage while a wire sharp synth riff cascades back and forth across a melange of chopped up guitar and strings samples. Coming off like Antony & The Johnsons collaborating with Four Tet, it's something strange and wonderful and entirely their own, and just one of many reasons they're one of the most exciting acts to grace our radar in ages.
MP3: "A Piece of String" - Clock Opera