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Mysteries of Rhythm

by Glasspirits

An eclectic, yet, cohesive collection of fun experimental rock tunes with sounds inspired from 90's, 80's New Wave, 60's Classic Rock, Classical Music and Afro-Cuban beats with a splash of electronic elements.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Secret of Mania : Part 1
1:12 album only
2. Secret of Mania : Part 2
0:40 album only
3. Secret of Mania : Part 3
0:53 album only
4. Strangelove
3:46 album only
5. Deified
3:27 album only
6. Love Sick Love
4:25 album only
7. Charlize : Prelude 1 - Rainforest
0:56 album only
8. Charlize : Prelude 2 - Pink Floor
0:33 album only
9. Charlize
3:00 album only
10. Charlize : Outro - Cafe Cubano
0:38 album only
11. Mexican Baby
3:43 album only
12. Something Unspoken
4:40 album only
13. Phantom
3:36 album only
14. Ritmos Del Ybra
1:28 album only


Album Notes
MYSTERIES OF RHYTHM is an eclectic blend of modern, upbeat rock blended with influences from Afro-Cubano and Electronic beats and Baroque and Classical music. The types of songs range anywhere from soft ballads to high energy rockers with a mix of quirky instrumentals. Glasspirits members Joanna and Abe come from contrasting musical backgrounds; one who's classically trained musician who dabbled in electronic music and the other who's self-taught and played all styles of popular music from Hard Rock, Motown and Blues. Together, they work in harmony to bring an exciting combination of catchy melodies and unique rhythms.

OTHER ARTISTS GLASSPIRITS IS INFLUENCED BY: Led Zepplin, Tori Amos, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Muse, The Black Keys, The Killers, No Doubt, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gin Blossoms, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Interpol, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Inxs, Rosie and the Originals, Nina Simone, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Lolita De Le Colina, Sugarcult, Deftones, Papa Roach, Hole, Soundgarden, Audioslave, The Eurythmics, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pretenders, Blondie, the Police, David Bowie and Prince.

BAND BIOGRAPHY: Glasspirits is Joanna Glass and Abe Perez

Joanna Glass is a classically trained musician, recording engineer, composer and arranger. She started playing music by first learning the violin when she was 9 years old and has continued till she was a Violin Performance major at Cole Conservatory, in Long Beach. She has since played in orchestras, recording sessions and with UK artist Betty Steeles. When she was 14, Joanna started attending Long Beach City College’s Recording Engineering program while she was attending high school and graduated from their program in 2005. Apart from playing with Abe in Glasspirits, Joanna spends time composing music for film and video games, as well as recording and producing music for other artists. Joanna writes many of Glasspirits’s songs, sings, plays the violin, guitar and keyboard.

Abe Perez was born in Cuba. He also plays congas, cajon and other percussion. Abe started playing drums at 9 years old. He started playing professionally while he was still in Jr. High School. He also formed an all original band called Yankee Rose which was signed by Satellite Records and was produced by Greg Geddes who played with Todd Rundgren. Yankee Rose played shows with Van Halen, Quiet Riot and many other big bands. Abe is endorsed by Spaun Drums and has an amazing collection of drums custom made for him. Abe is also endorsed by DB drum shoes and Skymtek Cymbals. He works as an independent drummer for hire for live/touring/recording. Abe has toured extensively and recorded on many records.

"This is the debut album from L.A. multi-instrumentalist duo Glasspirits, aka Joanna Glass & Abe Perez. Joanna plays the guitar, keyboards, violins, as well as providing vocals and synth programming. Abe plays the drums, congas, bongos, cajon, shakers, cowbell, tambourine, timbales, claves and the gong. Mysteries of Rhythm is a strong collection of 14 songs that range from beautiful piano driven songs about love and loss to outright rock. The album has something for everyone on it.

It's an album I've been waiting for for some time that I can attest was worth the wait. Opening with a harpsichord and Joanna, the start of 'Secret Of Mania (P1)' lulls you into a false sense of security then the guitars and Abe's drums kick in and show with intent what you are in for on the rest of the album. Track 4 is a very good cover of what is rather an overlooked Depeche Mode song 'Strangelove'. It was always one of my favorite DM songs, along with 'Two Minute Warning' and 'Rush'.

The album takes a break from the rock with tracks 7 & 8 which serve as a nice calming rest before the powerhouse track 'Charlize', a track that is full of energy, funky hard rock beats and quieter more tribal percussion in the verses, courtesy of Abe. It's a track that sounds great when turned up, loud.

'Something Unspoken' is a stripped down, almost acoustic song where Joanna's vocals really shine, accompanied by subtle Latin inspired beats from Abe.

Ending on 'Ritmos Del Ybra', featuring bongo and conga work from Abe. It's an Afro-Cuban inspired instrumental that proves to be a pleasing end to a great album. Abe showcases his Cuban roots on this piece. Abe had the following insight into the song when I asked him about it:

Abe: ‘Ritmos Del Ybra’ is something very close to my heart. I did it as a homage to my Cuban heritage. I used many different percussion instruments and different rhythms and tricks, like, playing on top of the congas, not just with my hands but with my sticks. Those are meaningful and traditional beats. Ybra is my nickname in Cuban, so the title literally means ‘Rhythms of Abe’.

The musicianship on this album is top notch and very unique; blending together many differing styles from Joanna and Abe's respective musical backgrounds. Joanna's classical training mixes perfectly with Abe's years of experience with many different styles of drumming and percussion. Mysteries of Rhythm also mixes many musical styles from cultures around the world to great effect to create a unique and very enjoyable sound.

Overall, it's a very well put together debut album and one that I will highly recommend and will be doing so with everyone I meet."
--Jason Hampson, Croston Lancs Weekly



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Laura Valle

Wild and mysterious, passionate and soaring, Mysteries of Rhythm is the debut album of Glasspirits, a southern California band with roots in rock, classical and cuban music.
The album opens with a trilogy entitled “Secret of Mania”. Opening with strong vocals and exotic beats on the first track, the next 2 tracks are a musical development of the same theme with violins growing into a climax and the third part a mellow version, very pretty too. It is my favorite! I can picture it as the soundtrack to an action movie James Bond style in a dangerous desert landscape.

It follows with “Strangelove” starting with a harpsichord, soon to draw you into rock power sweetened with Joanna’s vocals and ending with an intense guitar solo. Another of my favorites is “Something unspoken”: “If it's our last dance, take my bread and wine; I'm yours forever. I'll show you what no other woman can” . Somehow it makes me think of a heartbroken Marvel heroine like Jessica Jones belting out her passion to her lover.

Never dull or boring, this work is an exploration of beats and moods and diverse instrumentation. The last track is a percussion track where band member Abe Perez pours his eclectic drumming influences to sooth, relax and leave us wondering about the Mysteries of rhythm. This band of two members, Joanna Glass and Abe Perez, has written, played multiple instruments, arranged and produced every detail of this album with mastery and creativity.
I enjoy the fresh and experimental approach of Glasspirits and I am looking forward to hearing more from them.

Jason Hampson

Excellent Debut
Long awaited debut from Glasspirits. Excellent 14 song collection from the LA based duo of Joanna and Abe. Ranging in influences from many different artists, you can hear influences of Tori Amos in some tracks, classic rock, cuban beats and electronic undertones. The album also features many different instruments played by both band members. They really are a multi talanted duo who put a lot of themselves into each and every track on this album.
I'd recommend this album to everyone, it's worth your hard earned money. You wont be disappointed