The Glaciers – The Moonlight Never Misses An Appointment

The Glaciers
The Moonlight Never Misses An Appointment

I’m exhausted. I’ve spent the last week doing everything I can to rid my house of the piles and piles of stuff that have surrounded me in my new house. I had no idea of the quantity of things I had accumulated until I tried to move it. But as I sit here listening to The Glaciers debut album, I feel my muscles instantly relaxing.

“World On Fire” enters the scene with cheery vocals from Jackie Lynge as well as nice harmonies, upbeat guitar accompaniment and piano that all blends together to form some splendid atmospheric pop. This then blends into a more somber tone as the strings and country-tinged guitar arrive in “Habit To Break” that also features a hint of some Wilco-inspired piano at the end. Lynge’s breathy vocals make a genre leap from upbeat pop to downtrodden country all by track two. But then in track 3, “Old Buildings” her voice contains more of a raw quality and the harmonies are reminiscent of the classic sound of Cat Power. If these three songs were to play for someone that had never heard the album before, the might have trouble guessing that they came from the same group.

The Moonlight Never Misses An Appointment, which was recorded in the duo’s basement, has an overall warm and personal quality like a show in your favorite, intimate venue. Although, probably the best part is that they manage to pull this off with a full-on orchestral sound that adds depth to what could sound great even it was more stripped-down in style. This leads me to imagine that no matter how many people they may choose to take on stage, a live show could be pretty intriguing.

With toe-tapping, piano-hopping, alt. country-rockers like “Railroad” and more emotional, string-filled tunes like “To Be One”, The Glaciers manage to not only display there versatility but how well they can easily flow from one style to another. The layered, flowing strings in the album closer “Hats Off” wash around me like a soft blanket and I’m left feeling comfortable and at ease. The both folksy and yet darker quality to this group gives them a unique quality not often seen from artists that incorporate elements of alt country into their sound. This group manages to not just cross between genres but rather pick and choose influences from other styles to create one all their own and they do a darn good job.