Glass Vaults: The Crystallisation of Sound

By on June 17, 2012
“[Glass Vaults]…is quickly becoming one of the most understated, beautiful acts in independent music today. Jump on board while they’re still small. 100% recommended.”
— OMG Vinyl

“Expansive and adventurous music, like some soundtrack to your tour of Middle Earth… Full of enough nuance and emotional terrain to completely engulf you.”
— Smoke Don’t Smoke

“Arguably amongst the best musical acts that has come out of New Zealand.”
— No Fear of Pop

Glass Vaults are New Zealand natives Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce. Two freakishly talented musicians with an uncanny knack for delivering lush, trance-inducing, hallucinatory walls of sound that shimmer with ghostly incantations capable of transporting you deep into an aural other-world of their own creation. Hot on the heels of their North American live performance debut at L.E.S. hotspot Pianos (5/29), where they’re currently holding residency through June, Glass Vaults just premiered their newest single, “Crystallise,” on Indie Shuffle, and we’re offering it up here as a free download for your summer enjoyment. Kick back, have a listen, and allow yourself to be enveloped in the golden dreamscapes of a band We All Want Someone to Shout For is calling, “One of the most talented young bands…” they have come across in ages.

2010 found Larsen and Pierce recording their first EP, Glass, on Pierce’s grandmother’s farm before teaming up with producer Bevan Smith (Signer, Over the Atlantic, Ruby Suns) to release the dream laced ambient recordings via Jukboxr on limited edition vinyl. The EP went on to appear as Insound’s Track of the Week and garnered heaps of national attention. Their second, equally as stunning EP, Into Clear, released in October 2011 digitally, and on CD and vinyl.

To date, Glass Vaults have garnered a ton of love from the blogosphere and there is a well-deserved hum of anticipation surrounding “Crystallise,” and the fact that they are here on U.S. shores to share with us these finely crafted sounds that hypnotically migrate between subtle electronics and pulsating percussion. What’s more, this is not just music for your headphones; Glass Vaults’ live show epically translates the spaciousness and melodic clarity of their recorded work and stretches it into fully realized dimensions of textural sound, creating an experience we would imagine is something like blissfully losing yourself in a constellation of shimmering stars.

June 17 | Little Field | Brooklyn, NY
June 24 | Cameo Gallery | Brooklyn, NY
June 26 | Pianos (Residency) | New York, NY
June 29 | Labyrinth Press | Jamestown, NY
July 05 | Annabell’s | Akron, OH
July 13 | Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
July 14 | Conundrum Music Hall | Columbia, SC
July 15 | Gallery 5 | Richmond, VA
July 19 | Jacksonville, FL
July 24 | TBA | Miami, FL



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.