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27
Sep
10

THE RECOMMENDER – GLASSER

GLASSER

All budding artists could take a note from Glasser – if you’re going to make music and you find yourself getting to the stage where you’re signed and recording material, please aim for the stars and don’t stop until you reach them.  If you don’t quite manage it then perhaps that retail job isn’t so bad when you re-consider.  Not that Glasser, (real name Cameron Mesirow), was ever destined for retail, with a mother that tasted the charts back in the 80s, with the band Human Sexual Response and a father who was a member of the odd-ball stage show Blue Man Group.  Following a few brief temptations that have been calling out to us from the mist since mid-2009, with tours supporting the likes of Sigur Ros and The XX, Glasser are now ready to release the debut album, Rings.  The music blogs have enjoyed ameliorating that mist ever since, with buzzing plaudits and much online salivation.  On board for the album is Matt Popieluch, from Recommender favourites, Foreign Born, who are masters of yearning alt folk with a little pop and a little indie found at either edge.  We consider that band to be Autumnal and cosy, where as Glasser is the leaf blower, clearing the clutter with synths and strings in place of the acoustic guitars.  Much like our recent post on Niki And The Dove, with comparisons to Natasha Kahn and Liz Fraser, you will hear celestial vocals, but Cameron is colder, more like the wintery Fever Ray, or the upcoming IAmAmIWhoAmI.  However, the synths never buzz, rather they drift in waves and the melodies are floating in a motionless freeze.  Tracks such as Plane Temp will remind you of Enya at her most pointless, with intangible vocals, but it’s still enchanting and just as pretty.  Things warm up a little with tracks such as Glad, which sounds like one long pause for thought, or the album opener Apply, which sounds like she drafted in the Doozers on drums.  Tremmel oxygenates things once again hitting the kind of vocal notes that would make sirens seem baritone.  The whole album fixes a stare upon you from the start and it’s unease never lets up throughout, although this is no ambuscaded attack, for it’s more like receiving a long glance from a strikingly beautiful member of the opposite sex – the kind that disarms you right before their eventual smile warms your heart.  Rings is released on the hot indie label True Panther Sounds this week – you can buy it here.  Whether or not Glasser makes it to the aforementioned stars that she’s aiming for, one thing is sure, on this evidence, the trip was worth it.   (MB)

Find her here:          Myspace

Hear her here:         GLASSER – APPLY

Hear her here:         GLASSER –TREMMEL (JAMIE XX REMIX)

Hear her here:         GLASSER – LESSONS LEARNED (YACHT REMIX)

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14
Sep
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NIKI AND THE DOVE

NIKI AND THE DOVE

If you like your pop music to be cool and glacial, yet draped in effortless theatrical brilliance, then wrap your ears around this new Swedish group, fronted by Malin Dahlstrom.  Comparisons to Bat For Lashes will no doubt follow, for Malin manages to pull the same trick as Natasha Kahn – like she’s writing from another world, luring you into a soundscape of drama and cinematic majesty.  It’s mystical and ethereal, but never dull and on tracks such as DJ, Ease My Mind you get a sweeping chorus so overblown it would make the performers on the Eurovision Song Contest re-consider their applications.  Malin also demonstrates precisely how rounded her skills are on tracks such as Winterheart, where you get bubbles alongside the atmosphere, handing a perfect slice of slow pop cake that’s as easy to digest as whipped cream.  Much in the same direction that The Knife and IAmAmIWhoAmI aim their musical arrows, there’s much owed to the Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins school of song craft, with pop that’s as cold as thin ice, and just as delicate.  Frigorific music such as this can often leave the listener a little detached, but Malin’s lyrics provide a voice that calls at you through the snowstorm, luring you onwards, until each track warms you like a rewarding wine. Percussion is occasionally laid on quite heavily, like a hundred of the Emperor’s drummers, but they’re theatrics are deliberately meant to be like a stage production, which is no more evidenced than the playful videos that have circled around in recent weeks.  We expect Malin to adorn costumes and giant headdresses when performing, as this type of music could never be the same if not delivered with overblown panache, but there’s no tour on offer quite yet, so follow the Recommender’s tweets for more information. Their debut single is a double A-side and was released on August 30th on the Moshi Moshi label.  Allow the curtain to lift for the next 15 minutes by sifting through the below mp3s and videos.

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        NIKI AND THE DOVE – UNDER THE BRIDGES

Hear them here:        NIKI AND THE DOVE – WINTERHEART

Hear them here:        NIKI AND THE DOVE – DJ, EASE MY MIND

12
Apr
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 85 – IAMAMIWHOAMI

IAMAMIWHOAMI

These days it’s almost ‘normal’ for a new band to arrive under one of those invisibility cloaks that Harry Potter uses.  It’s rather unhelpful to music journalism and frankly just as twee as a J K Rowling yarn.  In fact, very much like this post, it seems the articles that report on these bands prefer to speak about the issue of mystery, rather than the band or the music itself, as is evidenced by this article on the Times Online.  To be fair there’s simply no choice when all you get is a video to work with!  It seems to have stepped up a gear with IAmAmIWhoAmI though, with Wikipedia notations, fake Twitter and Myspace accounts, alongside the equally challenging moniker.  They’re clearly enjoying poking a little fun at us.  We thought we’d got past all this mystery nonsense, following the revelations of Monarchy, The Golden Filter and Summer Camp in months gone by.  The obvious considerations for all this will be that the artists maintain control by holding something back, or that they’re fighting against the over-exposure in today’s media, or that it’s a cynical marketing plot, or they’re wanting “the music to stand on its own” etc.  One thing for sure is that if your music isn’t pretty damn awesome, nobody will care enough to lift your cover.  With IAmAmIWhoAmI the music, with numbers and references instead of song titles, is not only thoroughly decent, but exceptionally polished too, as are the mysterious videos.  This is some seriously top budget stuff, with the kind of imagery, effects and styling of Tony Kaye, Guillermo Del Toro or David Lynch.  The music is that icy brand of Scandinavian pop, (which generated the most likely suggestion of them all,  Jonna Lee), with it’s creepy, ethereal potions.  The beautiful female vocals warp and twist over the slow, patient crescendos.  Music and particularly imagery this strong have suggested Lady Gaga, but that seems too unneccessary for her at this stage in her career.  The scary vocals have an accent, linking up Fever Ray’s/The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, but surely two bands are already enough?  Among all the others, you can now see the new video below, for the new track O, which is surely the finest of the collection to date.  It also backs up the most popular and sensible conclusion that this must be Jonna Lee, but the conspiracies and conjecture will no doubt continue.   (MB)

Find them here:         Youtube Channel

Hear them here:        IAMAMIWHOAMI – O




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