My new year’s resolution was to do an album review every day. Clearly, that’s not working out for me but I’m not going to be too hard on myself. Life just keeps getting in the way and, with the lack of live shows thus far this year, I feel like my mental health has needed my attention a bit more than this ever-growing list of albums to review but that changes today. I’m feeling good. I actually got some sleep last night, it’s snowing and cozy here, and, well, I’m just getting stuff done left and right so I figure now is a great time to work on some reviews starting with this quick three-song self-titled EP from Glass Crush.
This quick release kicks off with “The Bellows” which kicks off in a calm manner but is far from lacking a sense of triumphant energy. It’s sonically impressive while staying fairly low-key and simple sounding at the same time. I really don’t know how else to explain it. I found myself completely captivated by the always moving drum lines and intricate guitar work while getting completely lost in the hazy yet commanding vocals. The blend of this band right off the bat is something that caught my ear and had me intrigued and already dreading the fact that this release only has three tracks on it. The triumphant vibe of this song is another thing that I just could not get enough of as this powerful first track pumped through my speakers. It’s in your face while not being overwhelming and allowing you to get lost in every note as it passes by throughout this track.
“Coping” continues with Glass Crush’s distinct balance of complexity and calmness but with a bit more of an infectious beat. The haze that seemed to fall over “The Bellows” gives way to a bopping beat that had my toes instantly tapping. Even with this new infectious beat and more commercial feeling vibe, there’s still something almost a bit mysterious about the way the vocals are presented in this track which really just drives Glass Crush’s distinct sound home. Another anthemic and powerful track, this one was instantly a favorite of mine but that’s only if I really have to pick just one song out of the three on this EP. Although this band’s amazing balance of so many things reigns supreme throughout all of these songs, I feel like the way they present that balance in “Coping” is just pure genius.
Ending this all too quick release is “Weeps”. This is the longest of the three songs on this album at just under five minutes but the movement and constantly evolving sound in this song make it feel just as short as the others. A bit calmer than “Coping” and with more of a somber mood when compared to “The Bellows”, this was a track that instantly had me lost in my own head but in all of the right ways. You know when you hear a song and you instantly get into your head thinking about all of the amazing things you have in your life at any given point? That’s this song and if you have never had that feeling before, I definitely urge you to put this track on at a high volume and just get lost in it. A stunning way to close out a beautiful albeit short piece of art, Glass Crush absolutely nailed it with these three tracks and I can’t wait to see what else this band puts out there!
My Favorite Track(s): “Coping”
For Fans Of: Atmospheric Vibes; Hazy Vocals; Undeniable Calming Power
Mosh-ability: 3 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the back of the couch; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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