Thursday, 15 June 2017

GLASSMAPS – SINGLE REVIEW

Glassmaps – Summer Rain 
Glassmaps - Summer Rain


Release Date: Out Now

Well this is a bluesy swamp stomp and no mistake, you up for that? Good. Howling Bells guitarist Joel Stein has broken off on his own for a bit to explore new territories and avenues and Glassmaps is the results of that wanderlust. ‘Summer Rain’ is the first harvest of fruit from that labour and it’s a gloriously shambolic in its bluesy, stumbling stomp. The drums awkwardly lope like an afternoon drinker trying to make his way home along country lines while the guitars keep a Hozier-esque vibe going as though the throb of a heartbeat is coursing round your head. Stein’s vocals is smooth and woozy if it weren’t for the swamp rock attitude of this song it could be a contemporary of the Kinks or the Faces which is no bad thing. Side projects or solo efforts can go one or another but, like that wobbly drunk at a fork in a road; Glassmaps chose the right path and brought this on home for a snooze in the garden.


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