British cult favorite The Clientele gave us a more heavily produced effort for their most recent album, “Strange Geometry,” but they haven’t lost any of their quirky, distinct style in the process. It’s the same soft, rainy-day music with lyrics that mixes the everyday and the surreal, all with a tinge of sadness and a generous amount of eerie reverb. The opener to the album, “Since K Got Over Me,” has a strangely happy sounding refrain of self-defeat, “I don’t think I’ll be happy anyway,” which contrasts with the light, buoyant music behind it. Even a spoken-word track, “Losing Haringey,” manages to avoid Shatner territory (a feat with spoken word on rock albums) and even paints a fascinating picture of what basically amounts to a walk around town, tempered by memories of the past. It’s not cheery stuff, but few things are better to listen to hungover in bed on a drizzly Sunday morning. (Seth Mayer)
August 30 at Abbey Pub.