In many cases the real beauty of a piece of music only reveals itself after playing it a few times, like Joanna Newsomâ€™s music I wrote about previously. But sometimes there is no need for such an incubation process. The first time I heard Glasserâ€™s debut album Ring, its sincere and to-the-point sound immediately appealed to me.
Glasser is Cameron Mesirow. Her first release was the Apply EP (2009), which she recorded herself using mainly Appleâ€™s Garageband on her laptop. As the story goes she recorded the vocals for the title track Apply in the shoe store where she worked a the moment – I would have liked to see the expression on the faces of the unsuspecting customers entering the store. Afterwards she edited the EP on a plane. It is interesting to hear the difference between the original version and the version on Ring (2010), especially when you know the story behind it.
Mesirow comes from a creative family; Her father plays with the Blue Man Group in Berlin and it was him who taught her how to play the guitar. Her mother was founder of the new-wave group Human Sexual Response, active around 1980. While Cameron initially studied German and literature, she apparently could not ignore her creative and musical roots.