Album Review: My Ugly Clementine- The Good Life

‘The Good Life’ is the second album from Vienna based, amazingly named band My Ugly Clementine. The three band members are each individually successful in Vienna’s music scene, making My Ugly Clementine something of a supergroup. Sophie Lindinger is part of pop duo Leyya, Mira Lu Kovacs has her own solo career and Natasja Ronck is part of an indie group called Sharktank. It was probably these credentials that caused their first ever live show to sell out in 20 hours, despite no one having heard a note of their music. Their first album ‘Vitamin C’ was very successful, being awarded IMPALA’s album of the year and received many positive reviews for their fresh indie pop

.Fast forward to 2023 and the band are now hoping to win over the hearts of UK music fans with ‘The Good Life’. Most of the recording sessions for The Good Life took place in a remote house somewhere in the Beskid Mountains, far away from civilization. “All we did was cook, write, and record. “The house was located on a slope. It was the last in a line of buildings, so the giant woods opened up right next to it. Standing on that threshold was quite a special feeling.”

The resulting album is a dreamy, melodic indie rock collection of songs that is very pleasing on the ears. Sweet, delicate vocals float over Brit Pop influenced indie rock across many of the tracks, with gorgeous harmonies such as the song ‘Would Do It Again”. But they can also summon a more quirky faster, shouty tone such as on The Ting Tings flavoured  song ‘No’. To keep us on our toes- ‘Feet Up’ throws in a more dancey beat to a track that I can definitely see being a hit here in the UK. 

There is a lot to love about this album, but one of my personal favourites is on song ‘10 Things’ which quotes the poem that Kat Stratford reads in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, which is one of my favourite films ever, so I recognised the words instantly. Being a cult teen film classic, I’m sure it will make many other millennial women (ahem) very happy also.

‘The Good Life’ is out now through BMG 

European Tour Dates  2023

 29 September 2023 – Graz, Austria – PPC Halle

30 September 2023 – Munich, Germany – Ampere

01 October 2023 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof

02 October 2023 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

04 October 2023 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique

05 October 2023 – Paris, France – La Boule Noire

06 October 2023 – Angers, France – Le Chabada

08 October 2023 – London, United Kingdom – The Old Blue Last

10 October 2023 – Cologne, Germany – CBE

11 October 2023 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust

12 October 2023 – Berlin, Germany – Hole44

13 October 2023 – Dresden, Germany – GrooveStation

10 October 2023 – Vienna, Austria – Arena

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Article by Hayley Foster da Silva

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