Austin, Texas’ post-everything act Glassing are easily among one of the coolest bands to emerge over the last five years. Their 2019 sophomore LP Spotted Horse became an immediate staff favorite through its psychedelic blend of post-hardcore, doom, shoegaze, and black metal, and we had lofty dreams of catching them at Post Fest 2020 but that fell through due to no reason in particular.
Wasting no time, Glassing doubled back for their third full-length Twin Dream, which saw release in November through Brutal Panda Records, and it’s every bit as spectacular with the added benefit of being more refined in its approach at genre-bending. In our review, our writer Trent hailed the record as “carefully crafted genre salad” (he meant it in the best way possible, promise!) with “the versatility, the dynamic storytelling, [and] the at-the-edge-of-your-limits raw emotion […] that represents all of the best that these genres have to offer.” In our most recent Editors Picks, resident hardcore editor Calder gave the record a shout, saying that Twin Dream saw “the inky, gravelly swarm [of the “mesmerizing” Spotted Horse] form into more coherent passages of doomy sludge and blackened fervor that [will] leave a hole in your heart.”
This is all to say that Glassing are not only jacks of all trades, but masters of them, and with Twin Dream, they come together with fidelity and great affect. We’re also just huge fans around here, and any opportunity to levy praise their way, we’ll take. Which is why we’re incredibly excited to work with Glassing and Brutal Panda to unveil the band’s new music video for the album track “Doppler.” Give it a look below.
Speaking on the cut, the band shared:
There was a lot of premeditation and meticulousness for most of the tracks on “Twin Dream”. For what it’s worth, “Doppler” was not one of them. It was our intention that it should be crude and unpolished.
It seemed fitting that “Doppler’s” makeshift structure gave rise to the lyrical content being about the remorselessness of death. Maybe untimely, maybe undeserved, it cannot be changed and is primal in nature. The repeated line “like a jewel in a bed of fog” alludes to our period of usefulness being smothered behind a veil of expiration.
Dive into the album proper by giving the album a spin via the Bandcamp Player below. Twin Dream is available now via Brutal Panda.