Monday, 24 January 2011

Listen Up! No. 90: Glasvegas - The World Is Yours

Always seemingly teertering on the edge of a precipice of self-destruction - just as their obvious stylistic and musical reference point The Jesus and Mary Chain always did - some wondered if Dalmarnock anti-heroes Glasvegas would ever re-emerge intact to deliver a riposte to their stunning debut. Writer's block, a malcontented drummer and the perils of fame and fortune might have led singer James Allan to go AWOL before 2009's Mercury Prize, but he was made of stern enough stuff to reappear unharmed - physically at least - and commence the task of preapring the 'difficult second album' in a beach house in Santa Monica, California. This month they unveil details of said record, EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\  (due on 4 April) whose title could easily act as a pocket summation of their dominant method and theme to date. Those concerned that the California sun might've engendered a sacharrine reinvention needn't worry. 'The World Is Yours', offered as a free download over at their website, largely continues where Glasvegas left off: it's epic, stadium-ready noise-pop, decorated with waves of shoegaze guitars and the famliar rich desperation of Allan's vocal.

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