Glasser – Apply

Title: Apply

Artist: Glasser

Album: Ring

Year: 2009

Genre: Indie, Experimental, Avante-Garde, Dream Pop

Cameron Mesirow clearly had her ideas worked out long before she roped in Fever Ray co-producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid for Ring, her debut album as Glasser. Compare the album version of “Apply” to the one she did a year before (on GarageBand), and it’s hard not to think that the final mix is fuller, richer, “better,” but also largely a question of nuance. Mesirow has said that her talents lie in arranging, a skill set you can certainly hear in her artfully layered sheets of percussion, synthesizer, and voice upon voice upon voice. (More than the frequently cited Kate Bush, Glasser often sounds like a punkier Juana Molina.) But in the deft shifts of key and intensity of “Apply”, Glasser’s facility with arrangements also translates into powerful songwriting, with the immediacy of what can only be called “heart” deftly reformatted for the tools at hand. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork