An artful, left-of-center pop group, Clock Opera are led by Guy Connelly, a multi-instrumentalist and sample-savvy producer whose soaring, soul-baring voice has recalled the likes of the Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan, the Associates' Billy Mackenzie, and Anohni without being quite as extreme as the latter two singers.
A solo outlet turned full-fledged band based in London, Clock Opera have released the albums Ways to Forget (2012), the darker and more contemplative Venn (2017), and the emotionally and sonically exploratory Carousel (2020), along with a much greater quantity of singles, EPs, and remixes.
Connelly transformed Clock Opera into a full band, bringing on his housemate Andy West as bassist/guitarist, his friend Dan Armstrong as keyboardist, and Che Albrighton, who had previously played with West, as the drummer. The numerous short-form releases and lineup developments culminated in 2012 the well-received debut album Ways to Forget, issued on Moshi Moshi. Following the departure of Armstrong, who was replaced by Nic Nell, Clock Opera returned on the !K7 label in 2017 with Venn. Minus West, they carried on as a trio with the 2020 LP Carousel, the writing of which was informed by Connelly's response to fatherhood. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi