It’s been a number of years since Leeds’ Glissando released the exquisite ‘With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards The Burning Sea’ on the impressive Gizeh Records imprint; the record unsurprisingly being met with immediate critical acclaim.
Based largely around the prodigious talents of Elly May Irving and Richard Knox Tender, their shimmering brand of ethereal ambience coupled with tender, brittle vocals brought to mind some of the finer releases on Kranky or Constellation Records. The fifteen-minute ‘Flood’ is a reflective journey of transient neo-classicalism; dynamic in its simplicity.
Upcoming opus ‘The World Without Us’ sees Knox and Irving continue to innovate, pushing the envelope with an range of collaborators. Written and recorded over the past four years, then mastered by Beard Rock favourite, Nils Frahm, the record proves to be an expansive and startlingly beautiful release; subtle drones and field recordings submerged under rolling orchestral swells.
There are shades of the work of Mike Moya (Hrsta, GY!BE, Molasses) here, and there is obviously a shared musical kinship, however Glissando continue to carve their own path with an overwhelming outcome.
Posted: Thu 16 August 2012