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Glifted
Under and In
Martians Go Home Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Every now and then a band will release a record that will send their peers back to the drawing board. It is a rare occurance, but it does happen and Glifted's Under and In, truly one of the most innovative debuts in years, is one of those records.

Using a writing technique similar to the hip-hop philosophy of building samples to rhyme over, Glifted - the musical duo of ex-Hum guitar virtuoso Tim Lash and former Lovecup bassman TJ Harrison - "clip and flip" their own music to create unorthodox loop foundations that anchor their shimmering yet complex fuzz concertos. Think of it in terms of writing a song over a skipping record. The end result is a beautifully magnificent and powerful orchestra of sparse drumming, plodding loops, and rumbling bass melodies, surrounded by Lash's aerial guitar sirens which seem to attack from all angles while his ghostly harmonies echo through the halls built by Glifted's melting walls of sound. Glifted's closest kinship is probably to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, but the superior musicianship of Lash and Harrison coupled with a massive bottom end show the band taking that sound into a twisted new dimension.

Under and In is a masterful album composed of uncommon rock singles and cinematic landscapes that come together for the experience of a complete stimulant. Start dusting off your drawing boards, because Glifted more than rehash the ideas of My Bloody Valentine, Big Black, Hum, and Sigur Ros. They expand on them.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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