Friday, 29 April 2016

Review of 'Without You Here' By Glass Ankle 29/04/16


Glass Ankle, is a band lead by Greg Jackson - songwriter, vocals and guitar who started his music career off with 'a suitcase full of songs' which were inspired by his time spent living and travelling in Japan. 

The band was formed in 2010 after teaming up with musician friends and has created a mixture of 'soaring melodies, impeccable boy - girl harmonies and subtle experimentation'.

Being based in Manchester and Cheshire, Glass Ankle have got an impressive reputation with their style of music being distinctive and eclectic style.

At the end of 2015, the band signed a record deal with Playing with Sound, where they recorded a new single 'Without You Here' which was released on the 16th April 2016. It has been said that the new single 'possesses a blissful dream pop sound that both charms and excites, it's dangerously catchy'.

'Without You Here' - single artwork

Listening to 'Without You Here' for the first time, I mainly concentrated on the tune as I wanted to confirm to myself the description of the band and their music style. The tune has a continuous thread throughout, which makes it so catchy with added subtle changes using other instruments to change it up a bit. This is something that works very well. The use of the electric guitar at the end makes it uplifting and finishes off the song amazingly.

The second time listening to the song I focused on the lyrics. Hearing the tune for the first time gave me the chance to really focus on the lyrics and made it clear to me that the subtle tune and backing music made the vocals and lyrics stand out even more and made it the main focus of the song.

Listening to the lyrics I was able to pick out, that without a certain person being in someones life, it gives
them a chance to think about the things they've done and subsequently missing them.

I think this is a song that a lot of people can relate to and also an easy listening song. I completely agree with the statements made about their music style and this song in particular - agreeing mostly with the subtle experimentation which has paid off enormously.

- Meg x

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