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Video of the Moment #1957: A Sunny Day in Glasgow

 
By on Monday, 16th November 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Call me completely crazy, but American dream pop purveyors A Sunny Day in Glasgow – especially singers Jen Goma and Anne Fredrickson – don’t seem to be the type to enjoy hanging around a pro wrestling club in New Jersey. Yet that is exactly where their latest promo video for ‘Hey, You’re Mine’ was filmed, and by Goma herself, who is a self-professed wrestling fan “who traveled to southern New Jersey to film the wrestlers of OTW Wrestling in an act of ‘amateur anthropology'”. Goma explains further:

I see wrestling as a kind of presentational theater that is a tradition but also a modern day vehicle for telling good stories. I wanted to make use of the metafictional techniques inherent in wrestling to tell a story about wrestling but also a broader story about people. For me, the key to a compelling story is the characters and wrestling characters are all about the people who play them.

This is actually quite funny, as my roommate in graduate school was a huge fan of WWE, and I had decided after watching some of the tv shows with him that it was like soap opera for men. (He concurred.) However you feel about grown men grabbing each other like this in a ring, the band now have a new double EP ‘Planning Weed Like It’s Acid’ / ‘Life is Loss: Pop Songs 2015’, out now via the band and Mis Ojos Discos. Watch the video for ‘Hey, You’re Mine’, appearing on the new release, below.

 

Video of the Moment #1683: A Sunny Day in Glasgow

 
By on Thursday, 20th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

A Sunny Day in Glasgow released their latest album ‘Sea When Absent’ back in the summertime, out now on Lefse Records. (Read Carrie’s review of the LP here.) Their latest promo is for ‘Crushin”, and the dissonant guitars of the song work well with the dark, ominous video treatment. Watch it below.

 

Live Gig Video: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart perform ‘Kelly’ with Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow

 
By on Monday, 27th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

In this pretty laid back promo video with pretty colours fading in and out, we have here The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performing ‘Kelly’, from their third studio album ‘Days of Abandon’. At the front of all this activity is Jen Goma, taking a break from her day job in A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Watch the video below.

 

Video of the Moment #1639: A Sunny Day in Glasgow

 
By on Friday, 26th September 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

A Sunny Day in Glasgow released their third album ‘Sea When Absent’ in August (read Carrie’s review of the LP here), but it’s taken some time for this promo video to surface. Just in time for you to put your dancing shoes on for Friday night, a pair of white plimsolls go on a tear to the tune of ‘Double Dutch’. Watch it below.

 

Album Review: A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Sea When Absent

 
By on Monday, 11th August 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Sea When Absent cover art‘Sea When Absent’ is the third full-length release from A Sunny Day in Glasgow, but it is in many ways an album of firsts for the loosely Philadelphia-based band. After a series of lineup changes surrounding previous album ‘Ashes Grammar’, this LP marks the first time A Sunny Day in Glasgow have recorded as a full band; their prior recordings had mainly been the work of primary songwriter/instrumentalist Ben Daniels and engineer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Meakim. On ‘Sea When Absent’, vocalists Jen Goma and Anne Fredrickson have stepped in to write lyrics, melodies and string arrangements, while the band’s rhythm section, bassist Ryan Newmyer and drummer Adam Herndon, interlace the component parts of songs being composed from several different corners of the world.

While Daniels contributed from his Sydney, Australia home and Newmyer telecommuted from Brooklyn, Meakim recorded and engineered the album in Philadelphia alongside producer Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile). Working with a producer was another first for the band, but probably a necessary one, as the band attempted to move from its self-described “ambient maximalism” into a more approachable rock-oriented sound. The most notable change is in the recording of the vocals, which have been shifted to the forefront, allowing Goma and Fredrickson’s melodies to provide much-needed hooks into the thick and sprawling instrumental textures.

The lightly singable chorus to ‘In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition of Passing)’ allows a bit of a respite from an otherwise unrelentingly bright barrage of sound. (Take a listen and read the lyrics in the video below.) The amorphous tracks in the middle of the album create a blurry psychedelic ambience with flashes of brilliant color, such as the slight pentatonic feel in the instrumental interludes of ‘Crushin’’ and the diffusive impressionism of ‘Never Nothing (It’s Alright [It’s Ok])’. Final track ‘Golden Waves’ is a mishmash of sounds and styles, leaving the album in a state of mutable vacillation.

The songs on ‘Sea When Absent’ are never restricted by melodic form or lyrical direction; instead, the vocal lines and guitar riffs are woven into the constant motion of a deliberate musical evolution. As a result, the tracks are mesmerising, but a bit unwieldy for a casual listen. (The song titles are equally awkward. Of the 11 tracks on the album, 7 have parenthetical subtitles; one of those was too long for the album information data in iTunes, one is in Japanese, and another contains a sub-subtitle in square brackets.) Even with the band’s stated intent to refine their focus, ‘Sea When Absent’ is still a concentrated stream-of-consciousness, if such a thing exists.

7/10

‘Sea When Absent’ is available now on Lefse Records. Alongside the album, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have also released a new EP called ‘No Death’, available exclusively in independent UK record shops. The EP features two new tracks and three remixes. You can sample the Ice Choir remix of ‘Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)’ below.

 
 
 

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