As premiered via Popdust, Glimmers is the immersive new EP from lo-fi bedroom pop singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist UNSTABILE, who has been steadily developing their process of home-recording intimate, spontaneous songs and soundscapes over the past few years.
Starting with their debut album Steep in 2018, and their follow-up project from last year, A Drop In The Stream, Unstabile seems to have perfected their nuanced sound, led by lush textures, field recordings, beautifully fluid harmonies, subtle and sensitive vocals, honest and direct songwriting, and experimental production, on their excellent and brilliantly executed new 8-track project titled Glimmers. Born in Washington DC and now residing in Western Massachusetts, Unstabile comes highly recommended if you like (Sandy) Alex G, Blood Orange, Frankie Cosmos, Infinite Bisous, or Soccer Mommy.
From the EP’s fluid bass guitar-led opening track ‘Falling’, which deals with inattention and being pulled out of your senses into intrusive thoughts, but “trying not to lose myself to those pulls”, and the minimalist piano driven ‘I Am (Before I Think)’ about the contradiction of recognizing that we exist before our thoughts, and yet our thoughts manifest our reality, to the EP’s lead single ‘On My Way’, underpinned by dreamy textured soundscapes and captivating melodies, and ‘Sun Dust’, the singular instrumental track on the project, to the pensive and deeply personal ethereal sounding ‘Closet’, and the weightless ‘11:11 (Bath Music)’, which closes out the project in fine fashion, Unstabile has delivered an undeniably compelling listening experience with their Glimmers EP, both lyrically and sonically, that will surely rank among the best bedroom projects of 2020.
Speaking about their inspiration for the Glimmers EP, Unstabile says, “the music I made in and around the process of ‘Glimmers’ was akin to the grounding nature of a candle, even as it flickers in the dark. I felt conscious of making something that was concise, and I was also trying to hold a little hope up to sorrow, in an honest way. It was recorded, for the most part, towards the end of fall and during the winter here in western Massachusetts. On many days, there was no sunshine. The color(s) that I found on this project amidst the cold and grey, became that much more important to me, just as did the rare sunny day. This ‘Glimmer’ project is another step in my process of self-acceptance, and growing with the light in difficult feelings”.
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