Glass Spells Weaves a Spell of Emotionally Present Nostalgia on “Night Hour”

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Glass Spells’ “Night Hour” transports you immediately to a reflective but anticipatory state of mind. Like you’re taking a moment to assess your life before going out for a night of potential fun and relaxation to dance away your worries. The distorted synth swells coupled with the cystalline melodies and sultry vocals fuse modern electro dance pop like a fusion of early Ladytron and early 80s post-punk circa Depeche Mode’s Speak & Spell and Human League’s Dare! The way the opening passages of the song unfold is like breathing in cool fresh air with a similar emotional resonance as that of Human League’s “Seconds” and its simultaneous evoking of feelings of nostalgia and being emotionally present. Listen to “Night Hour” on Soundcloud, connect with Glass Spells at the links below and look out for the group’s new EP Mirrors which came out on June 25, 2020.
Part of 5-track EP Mirrors

Glass Spells’ “Mirrors” is a Darkwave Electroclash Dance Hit in the Making

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Somewhere between late 80s New Order and L.A. Vampires is Glass Spells’ single “Mirrors.” The bouncing melody along with the fuzzy synth pulse and Tania Costello’s well-accented vocals are reminiscent of turn of the century electroclash (think early Ladytron). Too bright and upbeat to be considered darkwave the track nevertheless has that sort of appeal as does the band’s cool, subterranean dance club aesthetic. The higher toned synth figure that runs through the song is like a fluttering mythological creature that comes to sprinkle some joy on the darker low end melody in what is already a nicely layered track. In the last third of the song or it transitions to a different dynamic for a passage or two giving anyone dancing along some breathing room before going back to the song’s dynamic drive. Listen to “Mirrors” on Soundcloud and follow Glass Spells at the links below.

Glass Spells’ Darkwave Disco Song “Don’t Save Me” is a Plea For Authenticity in an Era of Mediated Personality

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On “Don’t Save Me” Glass Spells uses the sound of an upbeat melody and urgent rhythm, in the classic mode of post-punk, to make a disheartening point about humanity while giving you something for the message go down better. The lyric “I took the darkness of your lies, the unknown pleasures of your past” speaks much when followed by “Don’t save me now, don’t tell me how” to the way so much, not just online but in our everyday lives, is mediated so that many people think they can just change in and out of identities and personalities like their personal history never happened and as though regular human attachments including the reality of your life as a mortal human is contingent as long as it suits a narrative however questionable. The song is like a plea for something authentic in a person and in experiences in an era where presentation seems to have more cachet than the genuine article. Fans of Violet Tremors, early Ladytron and The Vanishing will appreciate the way this trio crafts synth-driven post-punk in a way that transcends the conventions and embraces the way you can make a disco and electroclash beat moody and urgent. Listen to “Don’t Save Me” on Soundcloud and follow Glass Spells at the links provided.