Brooklyn group Clare and the Reasons is pleased to announce a west coast tour with Van Dyke Parks in February 2010. Parks collaborated with the group on their celebrated debut release, The Movie, and Clare and the gang are eager to join up with him once again behind the release of their new album, Arrow, out now on Frog Stand Records. As the band prepares for tour, they are releasing a cover of Genesis’ song “That’s All” (now with more tuba!) for free mp3 download.

Clare and the Reasons is fronted by collaborators Clare and Olivier Manchon. Their sophomore album, Arrow, features a guest appearance from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and live, they have a steady list of contributors (including members of The National and Beirut). The band recently returned from a North American tour with The Vic Chesnutt Band.

The band talks about their upcoming dates with Van Dyke Parks here:

Some things come along, like a sunny day after weeks of rain, or a good baguette, or a comfortable, yet good looking pair of shoes… That stuff is exciting, brings joy. When you find out you’re touring with Van Dyke Parks, well, that’s something entirely different.

The legendary musical genius will be playing some rare (as rare as a good baguette in a small US city) concerts of his very own songs – not anyone else’s – his masterpieces. I’m assuming you will want to come to these shows,I know we would – wait, we are! Some Reasons will be joining Van Dyke on stage.

If the world is still a good and decent place, these tickets will go fast. Don’t wait until the last minute, procrastinators will be missing out on goodness. Guest appearance by songwriting wunderkind Josh Mease.

We’re so honored to be sharing this tour and making evenings filled with music with THE REAL VAN DYKE PARKS.

Clare and the Reasons Upcoming Dates:

2/9 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/10 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/12 San Francisco, CA – The Swedish American Hall w/ Van Dyke Parks
2/14 (make out show!) Los Angeles, CA – McCabe’s w/ Van Dyke Parks

“…sweetly intricate chamber-pop that somehow mingled folk-pop, Philip Glass, cabaret oompah and the Beach Boys – for starters – behind the songwriter Clare Muldaur Manchon’s poised high voice, with an endearing quaver.” – New York Times

“‘Arrow’ comes equipped with an estimable measure of charming refrains that linger with you long after the album.” – Pitchfork

“Manchon’s words strike a graceful balance between wit and sweetness, offering the kindest of compliments.” – NPR

“Brooklyn’s helium-voiced Clare Muldaur Manchon coos ever-so-sweetly about the bummer part of love…Think Regina Spektor x Nina Persson and you’ve got the gist” – NYLON Magazine

“…a wonderful piece of chamber pop.” –

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