That ‘The Internet’ is intangible is remarkably fitting for LA newcomer Glüme’s otherworldly sound, sitting somewhere between the concise theatrics of St Vincent, the stylised melancholia of Lana Del Rey, and the early morning hours in a Berlin nightclub. Perfectly made to be turned up loud on a night drive, the swirling mix of heady synths, minimalist electronics and haunting vocals seemingly exist in a void between genres, evoking an emotion all their own and brilliantly matched to an ethereal digital footprint.
Bookended by tracks that wouldn’t feel out of place in a dystopian stage show, the majority of ‘The Internet’ builds around rhythmic pulses, providing a backdrop for Glüme’s soft vocals that at once feels futuristic and retrospective. In theme, the tracks are notably despondent and often bleak, the likes of ‘Blossom’ pairing ambition with an overwhelming sense of unease, and the title track longingly searching for a connection. It’s in these genuinely eerie moments that ‘The Internet’ shines, both transient in sound and firmly rooted in the Los Angeles underbelly.
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