Here’s a review by Jeff Fitzgerald, on the Aural Innovations spacerock web portal, for our debut album. It’s so nice to see that it’s out there finding new friends, all the time.
Glowpeople do indeed create music that glows. I have a minor neurological anomaly called synaesthesia. What happens is that stimulating one sensory or cognitive pathway will lead to an involuntary experience in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. In my case, I ‘see’ music in colours. No chemical enhancements required. And let me tell you, when I listen to the music on Glowpeople’s debut album, Things, I see some very beautiful colours. They are like the lights I would imagine illuminating some psychedelic jazz club in the heart of a European city, from long ago. Bright, dazzling colours infused with moody shadows and grey wisps of smoke. It’s both stimulating and calming at the same time.
Glowpeople began as a UK based collective of musicians back in 2010, finally coalescing into the stable line up that plays on this album: Chris Hill on trumpet; Mark Burgess on guitar and effects, Chris Cordwell on keyboards, bleeps and loops; Nick Raybould on drums and percussion and Robot on bass guitar. Their Ozric Tentacles meets fusion era Miles Davis approach works in all the right ways. Each track, from the funky 4-minute workout of Resound in H Flat, to the lazily swirling moodiness of the 9-minute Metaphorical, has its own distinctive feel. But there is this great psychedelic playfulness that ties it all together. Glowpeople don’t possess the same manically intense energy of an Ozrics performance, they do possess a striking energy of their own. That energy is just directed in a different way. The music’s very rhythmic nature can be almost trance inducing. Add to that the smoky, late night trumpet playing of Chris Hill, and the waves of psychedelic sounds and effects, and you have music that may just invoke a little of that synaesthesia I mentioned. No chemical enhancements required.
I’ve heard the term ‘psychedelic jazz’ bandied around a lot over the years, often to describe music that doesn’t sound exactly psychedelic to my ears, or maybe I should say doesn’t look that way to my eyes. But the music on Things is, indeed, music that I can apply the term to with great enthusiasm. Give this album a spin and get into the glow.
For the first time, we’ve had a review in proper print! Worcester’s Slap Mag were at the Embrace The Chaos mini arts festival and caught our set.
Our first, tentative steps of 2013, outside the studio have proved successful – And now we feel fairly prepared for a run of Summer festivals. Details of our schedule can be found on the ‘Live’ page, where we’re keeping the various details and links as up to date, as possible.
Glowpeople are now a four piece band. Trumpeteer Chris Hill is likely to be picking up guitar for several pieces, during our festival appearances, but his manipulated brass will remain our characteristic thang, despite this. The line-up is by no means static, though – and there may be guests joining us onstage – and during our regular studio sessions. Keep connected. You know where to find us, by now.
Dante’s Prog Blog Inferno: Glowpeople Give Good Head Music
This has been lifted from MUDKISS Online Fanzine:
Can I say Genius!?- In the current climate of the music industry, the general consensus is that the era of the concept album is dead, no more can we delight in the fluid style in which the individual tracks on albums such as Things… by the 5-strong psychedelic powerhouse that is Glowpeople. Now I’m not one to throw the word genius around lightly, as it’s used far too sparingly for my liking. But every now and then an album well and truly earns the accolade of being a work of pure genius; Things… is one such album. Crafted by a group of musicians who have only been collaborating since the summer of 2010, this partly-improvised output is simply astounding to listen to; a musical journey that few who take it will not be profoundly touched by.
The album mainly comprises of ominous yet soulful organ sounds, sliding sounds and captivating drumbeats which allow the tunes to move in a way that is usually only possible with the application of a killer vocal melody. Yet this is Glowpeople we’re discussing here, lay your pre-conceived musical expectations as far away from your ears as you can. The bass here thumps out tribal grooves, allowing the drums and guitar sound to really flex their purpose. The sound is so hard to describe as it’s so unique, the best analogy I can give is imagine Fun Lovin Criminals, Bonobo, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have hijacked a magic carpet and are flying over a kaleidoscopic desert with their pupils the size of dinner plates.
Overall, this piece is truly a work of art. The slowly descending mood of the final track of this 45 minute gift, The Saddest Flower in the Vase not only provides a fitting end to the album, but also works best to sum up the album as a whole. The last snatches of synth have dissipated into the cloud layer, you find yourself travelling comfortably at terminal velocity back to earth. Thanks for your stay, it’s time to leave. Review by Jake Breeze
Happy new year, people!!
We’ve just played our first session of 2013. It follows a fortnight’s layoff, during which we all got fat and lazy, doing the things we all have to do, at that time of year.
2012 finished with a really good blow-out whereby we recorded a few crazy jams and we back to Chris The Trumpet’s gaff for a big drunken sleep-over, watching a few of our highlights on DVD.
Keep an eye on the Live page now, as we’re about to announce a few more festival dates and upload posters, showing who we’re sharing the bills with.