With shoegaze and dream pop elements at their finest; Gleemer have created a sequel to their outstanding EP, No Goodbyes, which highlights this groups, ever-growing talent, beautifully.
If you didn’t view our end of year list for 2015, then you won’t have seen Gleemer top our list with their EP, No Goodbyes. A four track EP that captured 2015 in every shape possible, this stunning work has transcended into Moving Away, a truly majestic, piece of art, which Gleemer seem to be producing effortlessly, with their dream pop style now.
It’s under no illusion however, that dream pop isn’t in itself, dreamy at all most of the time.
Dream pop unfortunately has an ugly pseudo, which claims that manufactured ambience and dead air, can create the illusion of blissful serenity. It requires much more to create music, which can live up to this name of dream pop, and not fall to the lazy standards of over used effects.
A balance between effects, musicianship, emotion and presence are what create a truly, attention grabbing, dream pop record, and Gleemer are ‘the’ standard to follow. While still ‘underground’, those who tap into the world of Gleemer, are heavily rewarded with music that paints the perfect background to any thought imaginable.
Gleemer’s ability to create music that falls effortlessly in between being widely accessible and extremely personal is a constant source of vitality for their ever-growing fan base.
With Moving Away’s opener Gauze, the Colorado band open up their LP, in a similar fashion to their previous release, although now with more synths and almost double the track length, adding increased levels of stunned silence, Gauze anchors Moving Away near-perfectly, then making way for a power house of a follow-up, in the form of the lush, quick paced Heater.
As the title may suggest, Heater is the warmer, glistening side of Gleemer’s dream pop brand. Layered with shimmering guitar hooks, dripping in and out of shoegaze, Heater breaks through the dreary, slow front of dream pop, before imploding into a glorious storm of indie rock mastery, that even groups such as The Vaccines and DIIV, would be jealous of.
Similarly on later track Trade Up, Gleemer jump around with jittering guitar hooks, which easily rival the pop presence of acts such as DIIV and Mac DeMarco, before rushing into a flurry of heavy punching guitar chords, which draw out the energy of The Orwells, but with more clarity and less of an aftermath headache.
Throughout Moving Away, a new-found energy from the Colorado group amplifies the energy levels of each of their nine tracks, whether in the form of a quicker pace altogether, or heavier instrumentation, which allows for more emotional expression, rather than the constant state of amazed shock.
On tracks Fall Out, Lily and Long Hair, each in turn possess this new-found rock energy, allowing them to lift up their dream pop lull, into a rising wave of magnetic attraction towards the new Gleemer sound. A constant series of guitar hooks that jump between light hearted, synthesised tones, to then gut punching (well kind of) rock chords, keeps Moving Away flowing, with a constant stream of surprises and new favourites.
While it’s refreshing and exciting to see Gleemer dip into quicker, rock sounds, their traditional, glazed over, soul capturing tracks are Moving Away’s strongest features.
It wouldn’t be a Gleemer record without a heavy head and their signature sinking feeling however, which although sounds negative even in the lightest mood, is in fact, a major praise and Gleemer’s biggest selling point.
The prime example of this, is middle track Cool Back. Just under three minutes long, Cool Back utilises nothing other than crisp guitars, with added synth ambience and Corey’s gentle tones, capturing two extremes on the emotional wave length. Providing an ambience for the setting of a couples first true moment together, while equally making a comforting escape from the world, for the lonely wanderer, Cool Back is easily distinguishable as Moving Away’s key signifier.
Whether it’s caressing the wounds of a broken soul, or providing the energy for the party of the youth, it’s in this inability, to create anything less than an auditory jaw drop, which keeps Gleemer fresh on the mind, leaving their records stuck on repeat, while eagerly awaiting a new edition to their land of auditory, cinematic bliss. Whether it’s four tracks or nine, Gleemer’s ineptitude to create anything other than possible cult hits, will never cease to be anything less than stunning.