Glasser (musician)

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Glasser
Birth name Cameron Mesirow
Born 1983/1984 (age 33–34)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Synthpop, dream pop, indietronica, experimental
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2009–present
Labels True Panther Sounds
Website www.glassermusic.com

Glasser (real name Cameron Mesirow; born 1983 or 1984),[1] is an American singer-songwriter and record producer signed to True Panther Sounds. She released her debut EP, Apply, on May 26, 2009,[2] followed by debut album Ring on September 24, 2010.[3] Her second studio album, Interiors, was released on October 4, 2013.[4]

Early Life[edit]

Mesirow was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father is a member of the Blue Man Group in Berlin, and her mother, Casey Cameron, is one of the founders of new wave band Human Sexual Response. Following her parents' divorce, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area at age ten. She had some piano lessons as a child, and performed in musicals at school. Mesirow eventually studied German and literature at San Francisco State University, where she met Foreign Born singer Matt Popieluch, who helped draw out her songwriting abilities.[5]

Career[edit]

According to Mesirow, the name "Glasser" was inspired by "a midnight vision of a figure hovering over water".[6]

In early 2009, Glasser's track "Apply" was featured on the eMusic compilation Selected + Collected and the song was later described by Pitchfork as "one of the disc's standouts [...] a great mix of electronic drag and skyward pop [that] showcased Mesirow's impressive vocal range."[7]

In May 2009, Glasser played her first show without prerecorded parts, in support of her first EP, Apply.[5] At that point Mesirow and Popieluch were living in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles and the act was described as "LA-based."[6] Mesirow was at the time working in the studio of artist Mike Kelley. Glasser's live shows featured performances by the dance troupe Body City and Mesirow wore custom outfits by local designer Ida Falck Øien. According the LA Weekly, "'Apply' and its sister songs — the swooning 'Learn,' haunted shuffler 'Glad' or the Kate Bush–meets-Cluster 'Tremel' — do sport the built-in intimacy common to good bedroom recordings, but they also possess hints of grandiose and mercurial qualities."[5]

The Apply EP was followed over a year later by Glasser's first full-length studio album, Ring, co-produced by Swedish producer Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid. According to Pitchfork, "there isn't an easy descriptor for Glasser's sound-- she incorporates bits of tropical pop, tribal percussion, and a couple of different strains of electronic music. Her songs sidestep traditionally linear arrangements for a more open, circular approach-- they kind of swoosh around without pausing at verse-chorus intersections."[7]

Glasser's second album, Interiors, came out in 2013. The album was inspired, according to Mesirow, by Dutch architect and theorist Rem Koolhaas' 1978 book Delirious New York. The album's themes and sounds reflected the artist's move from Los Angeles to downtown Manhattan. "The interiors Glasser explores," wrote Pitchfork, "most compellingly are, it won't surprise you at this point to learn, the ones within human beings. She applies the same ruthless precision to these ostensibly messier subjects, so that video selection "Design", an examination of physical desire that wields human breaths as percussion, is crystalline enough for a posh gallery. But the insides of people turn out to be at least as unknowable as those of buildings."[8]

In 2018, Glasser resurfaced with the self-released, experimental EP Sextape, featuring spoken word descriptions of a variety of sexual experiences over danceable beats. Pitchfork commended the project for engaging "directly with the thorniness of queer intimacy, the complications that arise when queer people seek each other out to dance, to flirt, and to fuck each other."[9]

Style[edit]

Glasser has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Björk and Cocteau Twins.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
Dance

[11]
US
Heat

[12]
Ring 9 18
Interiors
  • Released: October 4, 2013
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
15 32

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Apply
  • Released: May 26, 2009
  • Label: True Panther Sounds
  • Formats: 12", digital download
Sextape
  • Released: April 6, 2018
  • Label: Glasser
  • Formats: digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woo, Kin (November 1, 2010). "Through A Glasser Darkly". Dazed & Confused. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "Glasser Apply EP is out today!". True Panther Sounds. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Alex (September 20, 2010). "Stream: Glasser Shares a Free Album Preview of 'Ring'". Inertia. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Interiors by Glasser". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Martins, Chris (2009-06-16). "Glasser's Spectacle: Meet Cameron Mesirow". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  6. ^ a b Lester, Paul (August 6, 2010). "New band of the day – No 842: Glasser". The Guardian. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Glasser: Ring Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  8. ^ "Glasser: Interiors Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  9. ^ "Glasser: Sextape Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  10. ^ "50 Best New Bands Of 2010". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  11. ^ "Glasser – Chart history: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  12. ^ "Glasser – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 15, 2013.

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