Alex Clare has always had an international outlook.
Now based in Jerusalem, the songwriter returned to London to work on his new studio album - specifically, to houseboat on the River Lea.
The floating studio proved to be an inspirational base, with sessions also featuring friend, bass-player, and founding member of Submotion Orchestra, Chris Hargreaves.
New album 'Tail Of Lions' was crafted in only a few weeks, with Alex Clare really focusing on the energy, the physical properties of his music.
With the release almost upon us, Clash invited Alex to talk about some of his extra-curricular activities...
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"Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes…" I love The Godfather parts one and two. Failing that the one consistent part of my childhood was definitely Star Wars.
I'm quite in to mindfulness right now, so reading quite a few books on self-help and self-refinement. Currently getting to grips with a Hebrew book from around 200 years ago called Shaarei Avodah. It’s all about reconciling ones powerful animalistic instincts and emotions with the intellect.
I don't watch TV, don't know what’s going on. I don't even own one. But if I did I'd probably watch something with zombies!
I live in Jerusalem, a city of many hills and narrow streets… I have an electric bike and it’s totally invaluable!
That’s difficult to answer, but 'Songs In The Key Of Life' by Stevie Wonder is always a constant on any playlist.
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'Tail Of Lions' will be released on November 11th.
Catch Alex Clare at the following shows:
29 Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
30 Manchester Gorilla
31 London Electric Ballroom