Since the release of debut EP “Glacial” in 2017, Glass Mountain this week released their highly anticipated follow up Wow and Flutter. The band have built quite some reputation for their cinematic and passionate music that attracts a range of demographics and fans to their sound. Drawing influence from several genres including dream-pop right the way to alt-rock, Glass Mountain never fail to deliver and Wow and Flutter is their best release to date.
Gin Flows Through My Veins is the track opener and the most grand on the EP. At an epic 5:35 minutes, the band from Yorkshire guide you through a journey of fragile, yet gut punching music that ebbs and flows beautifully. The majestic riff that plays throughout the track allows you to become lost within the music, taking you to that happy place music should. Whilst the track has elements of mainstream artists such as the Editors or Embrace, Glass Mountain have an edge to them that makes them unique and throughout the opening track, their class and grace shines through, building the track before the final explosion of sound to close one of the contenders for track of the year.
Wait All Alone and Ghosts are much more typical of the current alt-indie scene. Soaring chords and driving vocals are central to both tracks, offering pleasant listening experiences that could be enjoyed by all. The chorus of track three, Ghosts, is lyrically and melodically catchier than most Glass Mountain tracks released so far which is a welcome change. This could become a live set highlight being easy to pick up lyrically, whilst still musically complex and enjoyable.
After listening to Wow and Flutter numerous times, I struggle to find fault. It has everything you’d want from a four track alt-rock EP and the closing song Have to Lie is one of those special songs that do not come around very often. For just under five minutes, Glass Mountain have you totally encapsulated and engrossed in the music, hanging on to every last lyric on this soft, sorrowful track. Some would argue that the style of the bands songs traditionally explode and build and therefore this should follow suit; I completely disagree though. This is a mellow, considered track that is nothing but beautiful and heartfelt and firmly places Glass Mountain amongst the most exciting prospects for the next five years within the British music scene.
To coincide with the release, the lads embark on a UK tour this February, see all dates below.
Wow and Flutter UK Tour
Friday 9th February – York, Fulford Arms
Saturday 10th, Liverpool, Sound
Sunday 11th – Manchester, Jimmy’s
Monday 12th – London, Sebright Arms
Friday 16th – Nottingham, Rough Trade
Saturday 17th – Sheffield, Picture House Social
Sunday 18th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club