The future for magnetic bubble memories
– and there still is one – was more modest now.
Glass knew it. And knew he had to un-know it.
Not productive, Mr. Glass.
Because for now, in green quiet, Martin was enjoying the sharp
minty spike of his cocktail.
All the while, a dragonfly – coloured in brilliant metal – arced
and spiralled around his recliner.
Pleasure’s bubble and hum.
Hugging the horizon, the observation deck reveals a panorama over the crystal bay.
Against the slow sky, the Pacific…
… and a wavy, patterned ice-cream.
We’re proud to present the first set of recordings from Martin Glass. Exiled in Taiwan working on a deal that never gets done, an American businessman falls under the hypnotic spell of the Pacific. His is an Asiatisch fever dream – seaside lovers, translucent virtual vocalists, glass-y ’80s synthesisers and multinational muzak. It’s an ode to Pacific bubble decadence, beamed from a lilo or a roof garden (or both)… all fizzing arpeggios, melancholy marimba symphonies and sunken yacht karaoke.
In terms of sonic references: forgotten ’70s nippon pop, Sakomoto + Glass sweeping neo-classicism, Haruomi Hosono driftwood, Susumu Yokota floral pretty-ness… it’s all there somewhere…?
The Pacific Visions of Martin Glass, a joint release with our friends Dramatic Records, drops on Sept 4. You can check two tracks and pre-order the vinyl here. Martin will also be appearing live at Brilliant Corners for a launch party on October 3. Come through!
‘unmoored and blissfully drifting like clouds’ – Pitchfork
‘unbelievably gorgeous, I can’t stop playing this’ – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6Music
‘wonderfully textural and dreamy soundscapes for future memories of summer places’ – Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
‘excellent fourth world music’ – FACT
‘amazing, I’m totally addicted to this record’ – Throwing Shade, NTS Radio