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rough trade exclusive with a four track bonus cd featuring 'temp on', 'let letter' and the slow death mix of 't' and the jamie xx remix of 'tremel'. glasser is the one-woman orchestra of cameron mesirow. her debut album, 'ring', is a singular work. it moves like the wake of a small boat in a still lake: each song its own, but leading to, and becoming, the next. in doing so it 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: albums that as a whole create stories that are bigger than the sum of their individual songs. glasser entered our world in 2009 with her debut ep, 'apply'. her intimate, luxurious music struck us as massive, despite being made by cameron, alone and in airplanes and shoe stores, on garage band. it also drew the attention of ariel rechshaid (cass mccombs, foreign born, we are scientists) and van rivers and the subliminal kid (fever ray, blonde redhead) who worked together with cameron to re-imagine her musical arrangements, incorporating organic instrumentation like strings, woodwinds, bass, and a wide array of percussion into her once-sparse recordings. her simple, minimal melodies and rapturous vocals are perfectly complimented by the album's maximalist arrangements. the voice becomes a focal instrument, delivers abstract stories and sounds that drench the music in emotion without resorting to narrative cliches. it is a wonderful and fully realized accomplishment, an introduction and immersion in glasser's world that we're sure people will want to be a part of for a long time to come.
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