The First Glass Beach Album by Glass Beach

Initially self-released back in the spring this year, The First Glass Beach Album now arrives on vinyl for the first time, coming in early 2020. This package contains the 15 songs from the original record, with Glass Beach showing admirably little respect for genre boundaries over the hour-long experience. 

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The First Glass Beach Album by Glass Beach
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7/10 Tommy WM 20 January 2020

So post-emo is a thing now? Glass Beach make a hugely ambitious entrance into the underground punk scene with their near-impossible to characterise debut ‘The First Glass Beach Album’. It’s an eclectic affair which takes cues from the theatrical sprawl of art rock and power pop, modern psychedelia and indie rock, and the juvenile melodic charms of emo and pop punk. The album is reminiscent of the colourful and unrestrained piano-led pomp of Todd Rundgren, the eccentric twee pop of emo scene birthing group crying, the unflinchingly honest rock of Weezer and Sorority Noise, and hints of the chamber folk meets electronica of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘The Age of Adz’. Basically, if you’re looking for an emo-associated album with a difference, you’ll be substituting your 2019 Album of the Year to ‘The First Glass Beach Album’.

Glass Beach are terrific at creating huge, swelling rock tunes which burn and blister with emotive vigour, exemplified in the two longest tracks on the record ‘glass beach’ and ‘dallas’. These huge moments are furnished with either gorgeous ambient passages or non-descript and unmemorable interludes. Some of these intermissions could be reduced or taken out entirely, especially as the album clocks in at over an hour long; that’s five Joyce Manor albums worth of music! The album finishes on a high-point with ‘orchids’, a track where woozy synths meet J McClendon’s sweetly sung vocals, subsequently springing into a crunchy and triumphant climax which could find a sweet-spot on Weezer’s masterpiece ‘Pinkerton’.

Glass Beach’s debut is an intriguing record which shows the group’s talents, originality and future promise. It probably would have gained little traction if it wasn’t for the fervent internet community surrounding the emo scene, but its refreshing to see a group doing something different in an oversaturated and often too revivalist genre. Fans of The Hotelier, The Brave Little Abacus, and The Appleseed Cast should dig this super-sweet pick and mix of electronic-tainted alt. rock and power pop.


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