These days it seems as though every new band is drawing influence from Gang of Four and Joy Division. This is not the case with LAâ€šÃ„Ã´s dream-pop trio Gliss, for they prefer to conjure up visions of late 80â€šÃ„Ã´s space-rock. Unfortunately, Halfway Gone is an EP made up of euphoric moments that are overshadowed by unfocused musical and vocal stylings.The opening track â€šÃ„ÃºBlue Skyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with its numbing, grinding guitar riffs, is one such moment. The music is raw, gritty, and authentic, but the â€šÃ„ÃºI’m so high, now Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ll sing a Rock songâ€šÃ„Ã¹ mood of the vocals feels forced. â€šÃ„ÃºVelvet Starsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a good down-tempo song that couldâ€šÃ„Ã´ve been great, if only it had more direction. The title track showcases the singerâ€šÃ„Ã´s best vocal performance; sitting higher in the mix, his voice has more presence and a dreamier quality. However, less focus is paid to the accompanying music and as a result sounds a bit watered-down. The most successful track in the collection is â€šÃ„ÃºKissing the Blvd.â€šÃ„Ã¹ This is the only time that the band achieves a happy medium between blissful, over-the-top dream-pop, and big, lush vocals. Sure it’s bloated and overdone to an extent, but the sheer beauty that lies within the song canâ€šÃ„Ã´t be denied.
Gliss is one of those bands that will be enjoyed immensely by some and completely ignored by others. Those of you who long for early Garbage records or a Curve reunion will find this record wonderfully rewarding. However, if you are a person who is looking for music that pushes the envelope, then your best bet is to look somewhere else.