thraed for the first glass beach album (and all subsequent glass beach albums)

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maximalist prog-jazz-emo for the agoraphobic and apocalyptic. aka my chimerical romance. sorta feels like saves the day, say anything, hellogoodbye, and the hotelier blenderized into a purée. before i heard it i balked at the running time but an hour feels like it goes by in seconds when so many catchy melodies are whipping by your head like hummingbirds. probably the most impressive and ambitious debut album of the year. kudos to tim f for putting me onto them initially, kudos to the rolling emo thread for reinforcing just how great this record actually is. and they're on run for cover now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxoDHXRpENo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYkPElpuYoo

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:57 (four months ago) link

the MCR connection wasn't fully cemented for me till I watched the "classic j dies" video. great album, very curious to see where they could even go from here, I'm guessing towards more of a live-band feel following some touring. speaking of which I am desperately hoping they tour properly!

Simon H., Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:02 (four months ago) link

I'm also gratified that there's an "internet band" the kids like that I also like because it proves I am not quite yet dead lol

Simon H., Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:05 (four months ago) link

love this record

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:06 (four months ago) link

yess, love that these guys are getting attention. i think the reason why i like this more than 100 gecs other 'internet bands' is that glass beach eschews off-putting archness for a theater-kid sincerity. it really helps carry their ambition and make the album feel like a lot more than just 1000 ideas thrown at the wall.

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:53 (four months ago) link

also the boring but true fact that underneath the "change arrangements every 8 bars" approach the songs are just really fucking good

Simon H., Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:55 (four months ago) link

all the best parts of the brave little abacus meets all the best parts of lemon demon. love em. chatted with them a bit on Instagram too and they were very very nice. extremely talented band.

gman59, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 22:53 (four months ago) link

i am halfway through this record and it's the most absurd and astounding music i've heard this year and i'm amazed it works as well as it does

completely unsurprised to find they started out in the chiptune scene, the band they feel closest to is Crying but they just go a lot further

ufo, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 23:27 (four months ago) link

i think my main issue with this is the emo-ness of his voice clashes with the smooth parts too much

ufo, Thursday, 14 November 2019 06:23 (four months ago) link

Love this album so much, the transitions are always so satisfying.

Tim F, Thursday, 14 November 2019 07:51 (four months ago) link

i think "dallas" is my favourite on this, a real journey

ufo, Friday, 15 November 2019 13:59 (four months ago) link

yoshi's island is my favorite i think

ciderpress, Friday, 15 November 2019 14:26 (four months ago) link

i think my main issue with this is the emo-ness of his voice clashes with the smooth parts too much

― ufo, Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:23 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

i noticed this too, but i actually find it really charming

jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Friday, 15 November 2019 15:34 (four months ago) link

it's just taking a bit of getting used to, there's certainly a lot to like about it

has imago heard this yet he'd surely love it?

ufo, Saturday, 16 November 2019 08:18 (four months ago) link

I've played it around him a couple of times and I think he liked it, but wasn't concentrating enough, so I'll redouble my efforts.

It's great returning to this album and finding new parts to love each time. My favourite track changes with each listen, but at the moment it's probably the closer, orchids.

tangenttangent, Saturday, 16 November 2019 11:43 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

bumping to remind everyone to vote in the year-end poll

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:36 (two months ago) link

the best album

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:37 (two months ago) link

definitely the shortest hourlong album in recent memory

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:40 (two months ago) link

it'll be in my top 5 for sure

ciderpress, Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:43 (two months ago) link

oh wow this is fun.. hope it can sustain what im hearing on the first two songs lol

love these track titles

championship winning vibration (Spottie), Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:57 (two months ago) link

it gets a little less hectic, but the songs remain very very good

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 January 2020 19:08 (two months ago) link

lots of ideas being thrown around on this. not sure I can pin down what they are going for but I guess thats the point.

championship winning vibration (Spottie), Thursday, 9 January 2020 19:11 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

joining the blessed pantheon of beloved personal faves hitting the 6-to-7 P4k score range; it's in good company

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:26 (two months ago) link

feel like i must've hallucinated a pfork review of this last year

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:19 (two months ago) link


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