The Glasses‘ Story Problems was a favorite of mine from a few years back, so it’s with great anticipation and excitement we receive Love Is Queer. Their latest LP is filled with just as many lovable pop hooks as the last album, both vocal and instrumental. This is twee-ish indie pop at its greatest; plenty of jangle-guitar, packed with male/female vocals, and filled with lyrics that simply make you happy.
There’s good reason I enjoy bands like this. Their music is bouncy and fun, but it’s also smart and deals with nontraditional themes. Here, it’s obvious. And it’s hard to pull out a favorite, though opener “Everyday Beauty”, synth-pop track “Pride Parade”, and closer “Your Hate Is Adorable” all inch ahead slightly.
Even the softer, more melodramatic side of this band can put a smile on your face. With heavy synths, “Things Left Behind In Dreams” is a hint reminiscent of super early Of Montreal. Love Is Queer is divided fairly evenly between jangle pop and synth pop, often combining the two styles in their own lo-fi way.
To me, The Glasses have always been one of those pop bands that bring me back to the post-twee revival movement; the artists influenced directly or indirectly by Sarah Records and C86. It makes me want to pull out other records by The Glasses, and scour my collection for Math And Physics Club releases, maybe some Tullycraft, and, if I’m feeling real bold, The Field Mice.
Download: “Your Hate Is Adorable” by The Glasses
Download: “Pride Song” by The Glasses