Gia Margaret’s There’s Always Glimmer was one of the slow-burn hits of 2018 in the U.S.A.. Produced by Margaret herself and initially issued in July to little fanfare, interest in the record snowballed to the point where it ended the year in the ‘Best Of’ lists from Gorilla Vs. Bear and The Line Of Best Fit. It’s only right, then, that There’s Always Glimmer should get its first pressing outside of the U.S. courtesy of Dalliance Recordings. The shoegaze-shrouded folk songs here are reminiscent of Lyla Foy and Juliana Barwick.
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This starts out wobbly. Opener Groceries has a very wobbly guitar line over which Gia Margaret sings in that sort of style a lot of singer songwriters adopt these days where the ‘r’s are hit hard. On ‘Birthday’ loads more instrumentation is added - it chimes and it also has some very 80s synths but it’s a lovely simply constructed thing.
It also showcases her voice which manages to blend and twist around itself in a manner that suggests that like acts like Soccer Mom, lo-fi is just a way in for a singer who is in a different league to, say, the guy from Refrigerator. See, it’s sorta sad to see lo-fi as a stylistic thing rather than necessity- it seems somewhat contrived. That’s not to say that There’s Always Glimmer doesn’t have some stellar moments -In Normal Ways is possibly my favourite thing here where some the Cure fish guitars pick out simple patterns whilst Gia whispers over - simple, classic.
Some of this reminds me of that Eagle/Deer record that came out a couple of years ago. She’s certainly entering a crowded marketplace but I’d be certain that two or three albums in the lo-fi veneer will be lifted.
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