Akin to Kate Bush using the rhythmic influence of Arthur Russell, GLASSER is the one-woman orchestra of Cameron Mesirow. Her 2009 debut ep, ‘Apply’, was lush and expansive despite being made by Cameron on her own, in airplanes and shoe stores, on GarageBand.
Garnering critical attention from fellow musicians, Cameron worked with the likes of Fever Ray and Blonde Redhead producers to add strings, woodwinds, bass and percussion to her simple, minimal melodies and rapturous vocals, reworking her arrangements into their current fulsome glory – her voice becomes a focal instrument, delivering abstract stories and sounds that drench the music in emotion without resorting to narrative cliches.
SAMPHA is a 20 year old from Morden who has remixed the likes of The XX and Laurel Collective, among others. Decribing his music as ‘a kind of 8-bit Soul’, Sampha mixes raw blues and soul with urban house and stuttering electronic drums.
LIA ICES’ emotionally driven and experimental pop music is both avant-garde and timeless. A natural yet refined grace permeates her work: she is a piano herself. Dancing on a finely crafted line between the percussive qualities of her instrument, and the melodic elements within the rhythm of her voice, Ices’ music reveals itself as epiphany. With such overt elegance as if from a bygone era, listening to her songs inspires a psychic time slip, and its hard to know if you’re wading in the warmest of memories or awed by the invention and glow of new surroundings.
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