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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)

04
Jul
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 29


THE LOOP FESTIVAL – 2009



As the UK festival season gets into full swing and the likes of  the giant events, (Glastonbury, V Festival, Bestival, Reading/Leeds and T In The Park etc), take all the limelight and national coverage, we are pleased as punch to be sneaking some of the better and quite frankly cooler and smaller festivals into our plucky town of Brighton.

With the Loop Festival now in it’s 3rd year, what it may lack in size, it more than makes up for in quality and fresh originality. The line up gets stronger every year and we are pleased to associate The Recommender blog ever closer, as we know the organisers personally and we see first hand how they make such a massive effort.

The least we can do is list below our selected highlights from the long list of amazing acts that are on show. A handful of tickets, at a variety of rates to suit your budget, are still available here.


FEVER RAY Triangle Walks (ysi)
ESSERWork It Out (The Shoes Remix)       (ysi)
DATAROCKI Used To Dance With My Daddy (ysi)
WE HAVE BANDTime After Time (ysi)
FANFARLOI’m A Pilot (ysi)
THE INVISIBLELondon Girl (ysi)
THE XXCrystalised (ysi)
CASIOKIDSFot I Hose (ysi)
MIRRORSLook At Me (ysi)

As a side note, the band Mirrors have agreed in principal to do an interview with us in the run up to their show at Loop, so as a returned thanks we perhaps should suggest that you see them at the festival above all else. They’re an amazing spectacle, so you won’t be disappointed. See you there. Have an awesome time.
Mike

13
Apr
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 25

As we excitedly lead up to the UK’s closest cousin of America’s famous SxSW Festival, Brighton’s GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL, with it’s own mammoth jaunt in showcasing new music, we thought we would return to it here on The Recommender.

THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL – PART TWO

We first visited the line up at this years festival when we put together Part One (find it here).  As we roll closer to the event the listings have swelled up and now there are so many great additions that we simply must usher your attention towards this fresh batch.

Allow The Recommender to kindly be your best previewer of this amazing festival…



CHEW LIPS (*) –       SOLO (ysi)

DATAROCK –       FA FA FA (ysi)

FANFARLO –       LUNA (ysi)

THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS (*) –        DRESSED IN DRESDEN (ysi)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDS (*)-       THE SHAMPAIN SLEEPER (ysi)

NOAH & THE WHALE –       5 YEARS TIME (ysi)

PATRICK WOLF –        THE MAGIC POSITION (ysi)

WE HAVE BAND (*) –       OH! (ysi)

THE XX –       VCR (ysi)

You can locate any previous posts that we might have done on these bands in the starred links (*) alongside each act, so click them to find more information, interviews and free mp3’s etc.  Fanfarlo are yet to be posted about, so we will be returning to their brilliance in a later post.

At this rate we will probably have to do a ‘Part 3’ about The Great Escape if they continue to add such outstanding acts. We hope this helps you decide who to pick out from the masses of bands on show. At least our previews allow you to actually listen to the bands first. Can’t see that happening with any printed media now can we? The Recommender wins we thinks.
Mike

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