KEXP at CMJ, Day 3: Glasser

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay

Next time you’re annoyed by the sound of your neighbor’s wind chimes, try to remember that they have their good qualities, too. In fact, they’re completely underrated as a musical accompaniment. Fortunately, there’s Glasser, which has elevated the wind chime to art form on its debut album, Ring. With Cameron Mesirow’s crystalline voice and velvety beats, the band has created a sound she aptly describes as the feeling that exists somewhere “between sleep and wakefulness.” Even Glasser’s name is a nod to this sort of dreamlike state. Mesirow says it was inspired by a “midnight vision of a figure hovering over water.” The songstress, who has already earned comparisons to Bjork, Kate Bush and Bat for Lashes, has come a long way in a short time. She created her 2009 EP, “Apply,” on Apple’s Garageband with encouragement from her musically pedigreed parents: Her mom used to be in the 80s band Human Sexual Response; her dad is a former member of the Blue Man Group. Now, Cameron is opening for Animal Collective and Sigur Ros and earning acclaim with Ring, especially the catchy and lushly produced tune “Home.” With several showcase dates at CMJ, including this session live at the Ace Hotel NYC lobby, Glasser is sure to garner plenty of dreamy-eyed new fans.

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