Jammerzine has, what I consider, a real double pleasure today for an exclusive. Two exclusives, actually. Both from an old friend. Adam Scott Glasspool was one of the first artists to interview with Jammerzine clear back in 2016. Since then, a lot has happened in the music world, as well as with Adam. In this interview, we get a much needed update as to what Adam has been up to and his return to music and where that music is headed.
Adam also is premiering his new song titled ‘A Magnifier’ right here! This song is clear evidence as to how much Adam has changed stylistically. You get a much more ambient and ethereal sounding piece of music. Adam’s voice has also matured in many ways and diversified to a point that it fits this new direction. And, while Adam’s music has always been introverted, we get more introspection within the lyrics.
Musically, there is a lot more going on within the song than you may here in that first listen. You get a resonance that hits in the right places and punctuates the music while in others you get an atmosphere that surrounds you but ever so gently. This is a subtle song for everyone.
A Magnifier will be released on September 10th and will be available to stream and download on all major platforms. A special edition featuring extra tracks will be available in both digital and physical formats exclusively from Bandcamp. The release will be supported by live shows later in the year.
Adam Scott Glasspool returns to the sonic fray with A Magnifier, his first new music in 4 years.
Although he had been in bands since he was 17, it wasn’t until 2015 that Adam Scott Glasspool took the plunge and began releasing music under his own name. Hailing from Brighton, UK, Adam originally aimed to blend acoustic and folk strands together and run them through chilled, digital soundscapes.
As the music developed, it was to the more ambient and electronic end of the sonic palette that he found himself drawn. Combining these sounds with a lo-fi, DIY approach towards the process seemed to unlock a floodgate of creativity and numerous releases followed in quick succession, including five EPs, an ambient album, and a live film/album project.
Adam is now poised to release his first new music in 4 years, with a new single set to be released imminently. The track was produced in collaboration with Greg Haver and marks another departure from what has gone before.
The release follows a period marked by writer’s block and the latest single is not just a sign that the creative juices are flowing once more. This single is a brave and adventurous next step in Adam’s musical evolution. It is lusher, more experimental, perhaps even more sonically extreme but with no less attention being placed on the atmospherics, beguiling otherness and captivating beauty that has always defined his work.
He is quick to acknowledge the role that Greg Haver (a name associated with artists such as Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia and Amy Wadge) played in the birthing process of this new musical direction. Although credited with “additional production, drums and percussion,” it was the different ways that he approached the process and the alternative creative routes that he suggested which made Adam realise just how much further the boundaries of his creative comfort zones could be pushed.
This is also reflected in the subject matter and lyrics of the song, which focus on anxiety, trauma, and the need to escape, with which Adam spent his time away reckoning. “I found that all of the things related to my trauma,” says Adam, “like anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, all served to make everything in my life seem so much bigger and more stressful than they might have actually been. It just blew everything up to this huge size – that’s the magnifier. It’s the lens through which we see our lives.”
It is this deeply personal sentiment that makes A Magnifier as compelling as it is.
Featured image by by Nancy Walford.Album artwork by Lucy Foster.
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