Glows - J.L. HOOKER LOVE PLEASURE FOREVERProving once again that South London is the gateway to some of the most exciting sounds of the 21st century, GLOWS’ debut EP – released last Friday – is an impressive accomplishment of meandering electronic beauty. Melding together the loose beats of R’n’B with the sprawling expansive of Eno at his most experimental, ‘J.L HOOKER LOVE PLEASURE FOREVER’ is a delicious selection of tracks that retain their youthfulness while alluding to something much deeper and darker within ourselves. As Glows has expressed, it is an album that explores the heavy sadness that is ever-present in the modern world.
Starting with celestial synths on opener ‘Blues’ the sonic landscape of the track blossoms into a intergalactic trance reminiscent of a modern sci-fi film score. The delightful surprises featured on the opener are representative of the album as a larger work – how it starts with a simple striking idea, that grows into something grander and undeniably impressive. ‘Molina’ – a tribute to GLOWS hero Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia – begins with delicately mournful woodwind that is transformed by the interjection of the pulsating synth and drums, lifting the track towards a euphoric futuristic psych jam. While ‘Afterthought’ – with smooth R’n’B drums as its base – personifies the sound of heartbreak. The broken vocal samples and the subtle drone of the synth encapsulating the fine line between sadness and joy.
But it’s not all about grand gestures and subliminal messages, ‘Will I get’ demonstrates the power of melody. GLOWS’ sweet, sing-song vocals are so addictive yet simple that the track encourages multiple listens. GLOWS debut E.P is a satisfying thrill that will no doubt win over hardcore electronic fans, as well as those who are partial to the wonder of sonic experimentation.
- So Young Magazine