In Review: Save The Clocktower – Through The Glass

28 Sep

Regular readers, heck even casual readers, may well have noticed that we really like Pop music, in all its myriad of forms. Electro, synth, indie, dream, hip, ambient, dance, folk, 80s-esque, the list runs on and on and it is this love of pop that has led to Chicago’s Save The Clocktower getting a lot of repeat play on the stereo recently. Specifically their sophomore album, Through The Glass.

Following on from their 2011 debut, Carousel, which showed signs of the band’s pop appreciation but was steeped much more in shoegazey, hazy electro sounds, Through The Glass is dripping in psychedelic dancibility. Despite being together for three years by the time Carousel came out (and with an EP release under their belts already), the album felt a little introverted, a little unsure of itself, like a kid on the first day of school. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, it really was, but by comparison Through The Glass is much more rounded, like the kid is about to graduate.

Sounds are bigger, richer and bolder. Holding their head high, big smile beaming on their face. These are sounds to be shared, to be danced to, lyrics to be sung along with. We don’t know if the addition of a fourth band member, bassist Chris Newton, earlier this year is responsible for this evolution, this sonic emergence if you will, but we know we like it. “Better Than Ever”, for example, which features guest vocals from Company Of Thieves’ Genevieve Schatz, has a sweet hook and a chorus that borders on anthemic. We didn’t get that before, we love that we do now.

Through The Glass embraces the best of pop, from across the genres. At every turn there are snippets of influences, wafts of half remembered melodies or beats from the past. This element of familiarity no doubt helps the record get under the skin of the listener but it is the never ending mobius-groove running throughout that will get you. Even on slower jams like “It Happens” there is still enough to have you swaying from side to side. A welcome respite before the brilliant Human League/Pet Shop Boys hybrid “What If?” kicks in and the dance begins once more.

Through The Glass is out now and available for download from the Save The Clocktower Bandcamp page.

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One Response to “In Review: Save The Clocktower – Through The Glass”

  1. name not supplied November 5, 2012 at 18:52 #

    the track included here is lovely, I like these a lot!

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