Glasser @ Fred Wildlife Refuge

The Crocodile Presents:

Glasser @ Fred Wildlife Refuge

The Tempers, Dutty Wilderness

Sat, November 2, 2013

8:00 pm

Fred Wildlife Refuge

Seattle, WA

$16 Adv.

This event is 21 and over

Glasser
Glasser
Interiors, Cameron Mesirow’s second full-length release as Glasser, is a more considered, confident, and much more
sharply personal album than its predecessor. It’s central
themes are love and anxiety and the spatial constraints of
both in the landscape of one’s life. In the three years since
Cameron released her breakout debut “Ring”, she toured around the world (with Jónsi of Sigur Rós, The XX, Delorean, among others) and left her California home for New York. Along the way, she discovered a new partner in producer Van Rivers (Fever Ray, Blonde Redhead) whose background in techno production added expansive spatial elements to her music that reflect both the looming, condensed architecture of Glasser’s new adopted home as well as the intricate internal worlds she conjures in on her own.

The tension between interior and exterior space fills the album. In architect Rem Koolhaas’ book Delirious New York, which Mesirow credits as an inspiration, the author suggests that New York’s massive, stoic-faced buildings are monuments rife with secrets. Interiors is Cameron’s attempt to exorcise and address some of those metropolitan secrets. “I thought a lot about the physical impositions in my life, and about the fluid emotional boundaries in my relationships,” Mesirow says. “There's no limit to what can be said about these structures. I can’t help but live and work in them, exploring their many folds.” On “Landscape” Cameron explores the limitations of symbiosis in a romantic relationship. “Exposure” characterizes the alienation of life in an ever-changing metropolis as a “modern trouble” that no one feels responsible for but all complacently contribute to. A trio of shorter songs called “Windows” punctuate the production and feature some of the most experimental sections of music- windows being where the inside and outside nearly meet, providing partial glimpses of s cenes from other worlds, but preventing contact. There is urgency pervasive throughout the record, both simultaneously to gain access to feelings or people as well as wanting to be released from them.

The instrumentation of the album is a mixture of synthetic and organic sounds, real strings, reeds and drums combined with programmed ones, a purposeful coupling of natural enemies. “I like music where you're not thinking about what a specific instrument is,” she says. “An instrument-less quality. It doesn’t come from a band, but from a whisper in the wind.” As on Ring there are sounds used for unlikely purposes; vocals used as percussive accents, or melodic themes assembled from environmental sounds. The song “Design” illustrates this with Cameron’s own pitched-down vocals serving as a writhing bass line in the frantic depiction of lust. The Glasser we find on Interiors is smoother and smokier, more confident and defined against an increasingly stoic electronic music backdrop. The effect is a paragon of sonic architecture--a soundspace that’s packed tight but never feels crowded.

Glasser has always valued a visual component to compliment the music. For Interiors Cameron worked with artist Jonathan Turner, a member of performance art group Yemenwed. Jonathan’s futuristic work establishes the visual palate for
all the album’s visuals - all of the artwork, videos, and photos are the result of Cameron and Jonathan’s collaboration.
The Tempers
The Tempers
The Tempers are a three-piece band from Seattle, Washington consisting of three siblings, Corina Bakker (vocals), James Bakker (synth) and Chalia Bakker (drums). They play a unique style of electronic music that blends the more psychedelic sounds of the early 70's with an experimental electronic sound inspired by artists of the last two decades. The drums combine the classic 80's Simmons electronic sound with acoustic live rock drums, and are driving, spacey, and somewhat tropical. The synths are heavy and dancey with emphasis on melodic hooks. Using a combination of vintage synths James has created a unique pop sound. Dark and heavy yet dreamy with hints of 70's funk. The vocals are dark, theatrical, and rhythmic. Corina Bakker's unique style seems to combine many different voices: dark, Dracula-esque, and monstrous, lulling, crooning, and tropical. The band is heavily focused on songwriting, creating songs that seem classic yet are distinctly different from anything that's been done. Their sound maintains pop appeal while completely defying the formula. Focused and dynamic, they are working on pioneering a new sound. Dead Disco, Love wave, Tropical Black Magic–it has yet to be defined by a genre.

The Tempers self-released their debut album (Vol. 1) in October 2010 followed by a 5 song EP (Together We Are The Love Vortex) on July 6th, 2012 in conjuntion with a West Coast summer tour.
Dutty Wilderness
Dutty Wilderness
Dutty Wilderness is Dutty Wilderness. As much on the internet as in real life. Dutty Wilderness is that rattle in the trunk and that half remembered conversation. Dutty Wilderness is part of Beat Connection, is part of everyday life and also special occasions.
Venue Information:
Fred Wildlife Refuge
127 Boylston Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98102
http://fredwildliferefuge.com/