Gleemer - Anymore
Review by Shannon Shumaker
You know those albums that just seem to come out at the perfect time of the year? Well, Gleemer’s new full-length, Anymore is one of those, arriving just in time to serve as the soundtrack to your fall and winter. These eleven intimate, complex and beautiful tracks not only further explore the dreamy sound that Gleemer established on their 2015 release, Moving Away, but they also touch on the full spectrum of human emotions, from hurt and despair to excitement, longing and love.
The stunning songwriting of vocalist/guitarist Corey Coffman and multi-instrumentalist Charlie O’Neil will grip you from the first few seconds of opening track, “Basketball Casino” to the final notes of the last song, “Gush.” The first song really does set the tone for the entire record with warm, fuzzy guitar and smooth, comforting vocals and sit nicely together. This, combined with the production quality of the album (which was recorded in Coffman’s home studio) makes you feel like you’re sitting in the room with them. Everything feels real, if that makes sense - maybe it only will once you listen to the record.
Taking a step away from the mellow “Basketball Casino” is the brighter and more hopeful “Soothe Me.” This second song feels like a change of pace, the beginning of something good, and this is thanks to in part by the use of tone in both the guitar and vocals. Just these subtle changes in sound are able to evoke an entirely new emotion. This happens again only a couple of songs later in the heartbreakingly stunning “Pressure.”
There’s a very obvious push and pull between emotions throughout Anymore, with songs easily transitioning from more uncertain and painful moments to something brighter and more hopeful, then quickly to a feeling of longing and love. The peak of the album definitely comes on “Cooler Pt 2,” which builds and builds from a very simplistic opening into something that feels very monumental.
One of the strongest songs on Anymore comes near the end of the album. The track - “Light Out” - is absolutely stunning in every way possible, from the vivd imagery in the lyrics to the soft guitar and big crescendo driven by strong drums. The two songs that follow - “Not Around” and “Gush” - are two of the most diverse tracks on the album as well. Stripping things down to the core, “Not Around” is carried only by echoey vocals, vulnerable lyrics and simplistic acoustic guitar, meanwhile “Gush” offers a noisy and fuzzy, yet incredibly warm ending to the album.
With Anymore, Gleemer have continued to craft a sound that is all their own. These warm and intimate tracks are perfect to just close your eyes and really listen to and will even serve as the soundtrack to the cold winter months.
LISTEN TO: "Light Out" or "Pressure"
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