The New Zealand synth-wave outfit Glass Vaults release the LP The New Happy on the 12th.
Glass Vaults – Photo by @funkypancake
From the album – Bleached Blonde – is the penultimate of the nine tracks and allows the guitar, which is normally more submerged, to take a pivoting funk presence around which the synths revolve, giving the track a summer-evening vibe.
First introduced in 2012, Glass Vaults, have ever sought to develop with their reflection of self-flagellating brooding commentary which as each iteration surfaces, so, the duo stretch the concept to more philosophical status.
From the LP Sojourn, the second of the eleven tracks – Life Is The Show, inveigles its way into the minds eye of the audience as the approaching seven minute journey grows ever more melancholic with each passing bar.
The luscious velvety textures of sound draw the listener into the washes of synthetics as the video for Life Is The Show commentates on the continued, alarmingly, high suicide rates of those faced by the rampant homophobia that still persist in 2016 – in a world that likes to blinker itself and pretend the issue is non-existent.
West Coast, the third of the eleven tracks on the LP Sojourn, is more demanding of the audience than much of the material on the album as Glass Vaults introduce backgrounds that move at different speeds in the psychedelic feeling number.
These altered shifts of sounds draw the audience to check they are not indeed listening to two tracks at once by mistake, yet, behind the cocktail of textures at its heart West Coast is a flowing trip in which the listener can let their mind relax and join in with the journey.