glasser ring
    • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2010

    • Posted by: Peter Menniti

    If you want something that'll get your blood moving and invigorate you to face a new day, stay as far away from Glasser's Ring as you possibly can. However, if you're looking for something you can listen to for 40 minutes without feeling a single bit of tension, something chilled-out, ambient, and relaxing, then Cameron Mesirow, Glasser's sole member, is your girl.

    The songs on this album, by conscious choice, are static affairs. They generally sit on one looped percussion groove and incorporate little melodic and harmonic tension, instead sitting for ages on simple melodic vamps. If you're looking for an energetic buildup to a big chorus, or for any sort of forward motion, you're sh*t outta luck. This doesn't mean the album is boring, though - the tracks sit in a sort of suspended animation, and it's not at all a bad place to be stuck for a while. Just don't wait up for that big drop, because it's never coming.

    The tracks are densely arranged, which adds to the spacey, suspended-animation feel of the album. Mesirow's clean but full vocal tone is perfect for this type of music, and Ring takes full advantage of her gifts. The often minimal instrumentation - usually percussion (nothing too overpowering, just a few bits to give the song rhythm), some sort of bass, and a few more samples or synths filling out the top end - leaves plenty of room for rich harmonies and huge, echoey vocal sounds.

    Picking a favorite track is an excersise in futility, as the tracks are all (again, intentionally) very similar and flow together to create a cohesive whole. There are generally transitional bits with sparser arrangement between tracks, which break things up a little bit, but come prepared to listen to a lot of the same thing. If you are, the similarites help make the album into a smooth, cohesive, 40-minute long ride; if not, you'll get bored pretty quickly. Personally, I'm a huge fan of this sort of album; that said, there was definitely room for a bit more variation on Ring.

    If you're looking to de-stress a bit and take your energy level down a few notches, this is a great listen. The song and album structures take a minute to get used to and require a bit of patience from the listener, but they perfectly capture that chilled-out, low-energy mood that the album is going for. -peter menniti

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