Marrying abrasive drone-ish, noisey fuzz with eerie melodic vocals sounds like something of a science-fiction novel, yet quartet ‘Women’ from Calgary effortlessly accomplish this to a level Kevin Shields would be proud of. The LP itself is a fucking mash of different genres and angle that collectively form a contender for album of the year. They shock and satisify the listener at every track; just try defining this album into a genre. The only real ‘tag’ this album has got is postwave, which is just a bit of a fucking laugh really but sounds rad.
Last track on the album is a beast.
Drone, indie, shoegaze, kraut, pop, noise… postwave? Easily my favourite album of the year.
If you were to walk up to me holding this album and exclaim that it effortlessly blends the tenderness of ambient music and the droning wall of shoegaze I’d laugh at you. My cheeky guffaws would develop into a volley of mocking remarks as you continued to convey that they are a two-piece from New Zealand, Wellington, and that they season their style with electronic big beat. The fact is that all this is true and, remarkably, the music that the album gently pours out the speakers is phenomenal. It isn’t shy to create a beautiful, introspective atmosphere which passes by before you can note down the name of the album.
I find it upsetting that in recent years it’s been known for artists to try and hide the mood or motives behind cryptic lyrics, unecessary tempo changes and just being a little bit too pretentious. Don’t get met wrong, I love a slice of arrogance served with my own eclectic music cocktail. The reason for this is to call the music we listen to our own, not to boast on how impenetrable it is and that if you don’t like it, you obviously don’t get it. Glass Vaults make it clear what they have created; it’s an album which would seperate you from your surroundings, making even the most mundane train journey seem meaningful.
Have a gander.
The band themselves are on bandcamp and you are able to download the full EP, Glass EP, for free. There’s also a recently posted remix up of Secret Knives track ‘Black Hole’. It’s all worth a listen/download.