The new year is ushering in a number new post rock album releases I’ve been eagerly anticipating, and none more so than the triumphant return of Glories with Distant After, their first record since the tragic loss of band brother and guitarist Zach Cooner in the summer of 2017. Working with producer, mixer & engineer Jeremy SH Griffith and music recorded in their own basements, Adam Blevins, Dallas Kelley, & Kyle Posten have created another beautiful entry in the Glories canon and one that no doubt has special meaning to them as well as listeners who have bonded with their music over the years.
The peregrine wayfaring of There Is No Stillness and the exhilarating energy of Put The Beast Out of Mind have given way to a more patient and open sound that harkens back a little more to the plaintive introspections of Mother Reverb. Even as a trio, the band is still more than capable of sounding boundless & huge and radiating a glowing sense of optimism. Dallas Kelley’s guitar lines are bright, clean, and as expressive as ever whether playing sweet minor key melodies full of longing or generating sprawling atmospherics while Kyle Posten’s bass and Adam Belvins’ drums hew out cavernous spaces to create maximum resonance. The loss the group has suffered is keenly felt, but I can think of no better tribute than for Glories to carry on making their special kind of beautiful, life-affirming music.
Distant After is now available as a digital release directly from the band once again featuring dazzling cover art by Birmingham-based multi-media artist Merillee Challiss. And, for readers who may be new to the band, here is a sampling of some highlights from their previous albums to check out:
“A Hint of the Sea” from There Is No Stillness (2017)
“Sonoma” from Put the Beast Out of Mind (2014)
“Mechanical Mariner” from Mother Reverb (2013)