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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Single Lady Glasser Puts A Ring On It

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Now seems like a good time to make sure we're all up to speed on the work of the soon-to-be-buzzing Glasser, the one-woman tribal-chamber-stomp project of Los Feliz resident Cameron Mesirow. Ring, her first full-length album, comes out next week on True Panther, but you can stream it below.


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Pre-release promotional materials for Ring are spitting a lot of game about its structural specificity, invoking in particular the classical rhetorical device of chiasmus: symmetry of contrasting ideas that intersect at a central theme, plus a cyclical bent that obscures where things begin and where they end. That all seems a little heavy, of course, but then the same materials boast that Ring "builds on the tradition of classic albums like Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Joni Mitchell's Blue, and R. Kelly's Trapped In The Closet song-cycle."

Chatter aside, Ring is decidedly worth a first listen, which may well insinuate itself into a second or third. The opening pairing (that is, if you subscribe to the apparently outmoded idea that the album begins at track one) of "Apply" and "Home" shows off the aforementioned inter-track interplay, the primal urgency of the former sweetening the refinement of the latter, and vice versa. If later songs wander a little into a dense forest of new-age frippery, it's still hard to deny the lushness of feeling in Mesirow's voice, and her knack for evocative arrangements.

Beyond that, make of Ring what you will: find chiastic parallels between the multicolor maze of its cover art and its lyrical preoccupations; triangulate its place between Wagner's Nibelungen and that Japanese horror movie about the killer VHS tape; or simply listen and try to enjoy it the way others clearly have. One YouTube commenter says it best:

this video is so trippy, when i was watching it my mom came in and thought i was doing drugs, but i told her its just youtube, the fucked up thing is my mom died 2 years ago, and i dont even own a computer.
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