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First Image

by The Glass Set

"The Glass Set is outlining the soundtrack of the current state of schizophrenic, anything-goes indie: dreamy, shoegaze pop soundscapes over scrappy Bowery-fueled pre-punk delectation." Michael Marotta, The Boston Herald
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Luckiest Girl
4:24 $1.25
2. Elephant and Castle
6:03 $1.25
3. First Image
4:47 $1.25
4. Ooh La La
4:29 $1.25
5. There Goes Nobody
4:09 $1.25
6. Keep It to Yourself
2:55 $1.25
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Album Notes
The Glass Set released their CD “First Image” (Copyright 2014, Sparkly Music, ASCAP) on September 4, 2014. It features Allen Esser on drums, Joel Cohen on guitar and vocals and Leah Callahan on vocals and keys. It also has special guests Paul Engel on bass and Chris Stern on Tambourine. “First Image” was produced by Richard Marr at Galaxypark Studios and mastered by Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering. The CD artwork and design is by Liane Silevitch.

What people have to say about First Image:

It’s clear from the outset that Boston’s The Glass Set have been influenced by classic 80’s UK bands, (they assure us that the three of them have had a steady diet!) how else could they have come up with this classic shoegaze tune ‘Elephant and Castle’.

It’s got all the hallmarks; jangley and soaring guitars, a bit of reverb and a gorgeous sugary sweet vocal. The video is equally reminiscent of the indie bands of the same time, fuzzy black and white footage of walking through fields and never ending spiral staircases. I love the inspiring line ‘at my fingertips there’s a new ending everyday’.

Comprised of Joel Cohen (vocals, guitar), Allen Esser (drums), and Leah Callahan (vocals and keyboards), the Boston, MA-based trio of The Glass Set specialize in a dreamy shoegazer rock that is naturally inspired by 80s and 90s Brit pop. In fact, the Boston Herald compared the band’s sound as “Joy Division fronted by a female Morrissey;” however, personally I find that to be a bit off, at least for “Elephant and Castle,” the latest single of the band’s off the band’s forthcoming album First Image, which is slated for a September 24 release.

In some way “Elephant and Castle” reminds me much more of the Cranberries (yeah, i know they’re Irish but bear with me), the Sundays and The Stone Roses in the sense that “Elephant and Castle” possesses an eerie beauty that slowly unfurls before the listener — and much like those bands their sound also posses subtle nuance that reveals itself upon repeated listens. William Ruben Helms

Dreamy pop da Boston, MA. Terzetto con heavenly voice, capace di suscitare pruriti da C86 a coloro che quell’epoca l’hanno vissuta, ma sopra tutto di comporre canzoncine piacevoli, come la sognante “Elephant and castle”, e di disegnare traiettorie oblique come nella title-track che evoca i florilegi chitarristici di Cocteau Twins/The Cure, e poi tutti a guardarsi le punte delle scarpe. First image nobilita il termine indie, ci fa sognare mentre lasciamo scivolare lo sguardo oltre le creste bardate di spuma delle onde che si rincorrono prima di andare a morire sulla rena. Solo sei brani (ma sembra che i bostoniani siano parchi nel manifestare il loro talento, e ne possiedono in buona misura), che ci donano almeno qualche minuto di beatitudine. “Ooh la la” è sbarazzina non solo nel titolo, ma mica è sciocchina, e se a volte eccedono con lo zucchero (ne basterebbero un paio, di bustine), una volta prese le misure (“There goes nobody”) di loro si apprezzerà non solo l’evidente inclinazione alla bella melodia (spontanea e non artefatta). Gran chiusura con la nervosa e wave-oriented “Keep it to yourself”, col suo basso tonante ad omaggiare i primi, e più umbratili, ottanta.

The Glass Set makes music that can be described as atmospheric, heady, haunted, stirring, and sad, yet somehow in all this doom and gloom there is an optimism of sorts - if only an optimism for the future of music. These songs lack the arrogance of resolute thought. The music is as open ended as the lyrical content, one never knows where it will take you. Split personality guitars bring you the soft focus beauty of My Bloody Valentine or the Cocteau Twins, then meander into moody storms of dissonant noise and feedback. Determined drums grab your attention like the last few heartbeats of a dying soul. This band is bringing back the long forgotten pure emotionality of 80s bands like Comsat Angels and the Chameleons: honest, impelling and teetering on the edge.

Here’s what the critics had to say about their previous CD, Something Unknown:

“angular at times, hallucinatory at others…arresting, honeyed vocals… and driving, hook-laden, sometimes aggressive, sometimes lyrical sound anchored by ringing guitars and downtempo synths. (Think equal parts Mancunian gloom, No Wave skree, and effervescent pop confection.) As always, Callahan’s uplifting, deceptively sweet sing-song vocals —which rush headlong with a sense of wide-eyed wonder—temper the world-wearied tone of the lyrics, which deal eloquently with loss, regret, and the complicated business of living in the world.
Warped Reality Magazine

“The Glass Set’s CD Something Unknown - it’s in the vein of Metric minus some of the aggro: sharp, stylish, angular music heavy on the attitude. It was difficult to choose the song to post: “Telescope’s” beat is smart as military buttons, but “Something Unknown” has a nice, graceful flow in the vocals; “Tradition” won out as the favorite for the moment, with its easy, catchy bounce.”
Queenofnotes Blog

“dreamy landscapes layered with hard, sometimes quirky guitar riffs, and amazing vocals from Leah Callahan.”

“This indie/shoegaze band is led by the vocals of Leah Callahan who has a style all her own. Take it in and do some gazing.”

“(The Glass Set’s) new CD sounds very impressive”
Shred, Boston DJ and promoter

“In a combination of darkness and light reminiscent of the UK’s beloved Lush, The Glass Set uses luxurious arrangements propelled by churning guitars and heavy percussion accented with lilting vocals. It is dark and dreamy and delicious. There is a nuanced decadence to it. It is haunting and spirited. Opposites collide for The Glass Set. The overall album entices with its yin-yang of moody, swirling melodies and Leah Callahan’s invitingly sweet lyrics. Something Unknown is mesmerizing, addictive and you will find yourself divinely absorbed in it.”

“The Glass Set are a four piece new wave/post-punk band, wonderfully fronted by the voice of Leah Callahan (Turkish Delight, Betwixt). The Boston Herald describes the band as ‘Joy Division fronted by a female Morrissey’, which is a fair comparison in my opinion. Their eleven song debut, Something Unknown, is scheduled for release in late February but you can download four tracks on the band’s Myspace page, including the beautifully fragile Telescope.”

“My top music recommendation (this year) so far (after the new Shins, though I eagerly await discs from The Stooges, Maximo Park, Arcade Fire, Ted Leo, Smashing Pumpkins, Hot Hot Heat, and hopefully Interpol and Radiohead too) is “Something Unknown,” the superb second album by Boston’s moody, masterful post-punk combo The Glass Set. Instant classics include the perky Stereolab-ish bounce of “Bike City,” the hauntingly melodic drone of “Ramones Afternoon,” sharp opener “Telescope,” and the shoegazery swirl finale of “I Am a Camera”

And here’s what some critics have said about vocalist Leah Callahan’s previous work:

The Glass Set's self titled CD, as yet untitled Rock Opera:
"…alternative-rock diva Leah Callahan has a seemingly boundless passion for reinvention... Callahan again captivates while singing her heart out. And while the music tends to serve Callahan's vocals and the plot she unfolds, it is quite textured and emotionally resonant."

Sarah Tomlinson, The Boston Globe

“…the sort of music that would be perfectly suited to playing at 3am in a hotel lounge, but the kind of hotel that only appears in David Lynch movies. It’s most excellent, if slightly spooky, and will be going on the i-pod as soon as I can think how to describe it.” Tasty Fanzine UK

"Boston chanteuse Callahan's wonderful songs sound as though they'd been compiled from half a dozen different brilliant European art films" Village Voice

“There's a restrained weirdness floating under the surface … something along the lines of Nick Cave or even Foetus. That's easy to think, because she's singing about vampires and death and destruction. Of course, when you have a great singing voice, you can get away with just about anything.” Mundane sounds

“Listening to Leah … is like reading one of Simone de Beauvoir’s fictional works. Quirky and whimsical elements compose the intriguing atmosphere while dark seriousness drives the work from deep within”. Left of the Dial

"Callahan...whose career fronting such luminaries as Turkish Delight and Betwixt always betrayed, beyond the art-damaged howl of the music of these groups, a theatrical sensibility that was at once refined and unhinged."
Daniel Brockman, The Weekly Dig

"Her melodies, elegant and menacing, suggest true late night."
Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Phoenix

"Leah Callahan has a lovely delicate voice, with a delivery that evokes both old Europe and Bossa Nova."
Sarah Tomlinson, The Boston Globe



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