Inverting Raw Emotions into Riveting Exploration
The passion behind Glint’s new disc Inverter is rooted in the powerful lyrics and stimulated by skilled, driving instrumentals. Blending personal insecurities with professions of love, the result is an emotional compilation that connects strongly with the listener. Combining dream pop and experimental new wave sonic textures with a foundation in rock, Glint builds a strong instrumental base for honest, exploratory lyrics to shine.
Right away, “Intro” creates a sense of self-examination with frenzied soft mutterings and experimental sounds. The lyrics of the immediately following “Daydreamer” are creative and enthralling, drawing the listener into the words over a catchy hook. This is the standout track. “In a crowd of busybodies, I’m still on vacation with no plan to return from my imagination…In the wild, I’m free to roam the open spaces. I’m an animal refusing to be initiated. The plastic facade is much too overrated. The only place for me is the one that I created.” Whoa.
“Breathe” brings some dulled down Panic! at the Disco vibes with the electronic rhythmic intro and winding vocals that profess a balance of fear and freedom. “I’m threatened by the world I know,” is supported by the anxious sonic waves that break free with lyrics, “Breathe, my child. It’s only a moment until it’s gone.” “Get Out of the Way” serves as a poppy composition, with intricate guitar, electronic, and drum rhythms building into a catchy but slightly typical chorus.
“Sit Back, Let Go” begins with a ballad formula, flowing keys turning into soft drumbeats and melancholy vocals. “Sit back, let go” wails over the subtle instrumental undercurrent, while the lyrics seem desperate with drawn-out, piercing notes. “So teach me, try to reach me.” Then, “Debts and Collections” has a punk feel to it, blending rock and pop while layering pleading, straining lyrics on top in an ideal placement of angst. “Looking back, are you the person that you thought you’d be? You don’t have to look too far to see you’d be ending up with me. And I don’t want to lose you.”
Things soften up with “Junky” and get intensely confessional. Raw lyrics profess, “I’m naked. Just a body left to be consumed…I am reckless I am stained, ever-changing just the same.” “The Hands on the Clock” creates a sense of urgency with soft quick beats and escalating vocals that catapult into an uneasy yet soaring space. The lyrics reveal that we are trapped “In a world of living with no time to exist.” “Guided” juxtaposes purpose and despair, rooted in love, while “Soldiers in the Dark” goes the strong experimental route with a bizarre opening that fades into a spacey psychedelic haunting.
“Far From Here” creates balance between sadness and happiness by comparing and contrasting reality and fantasy, vengeance and glory, distance and loneliness, and mortality and hope. The steady pop rock backdrop lets the lyrics stand out, while interludes of soft electronic sounds create a sense of exploration and self-discovery. Final track “While You Sleep” embodies longing, regret, and sadness with slow rhythms and soft strums that grow into an honest revelation of feelings and desire for a personal connection that has been broken. “I’ll wake you in my dreams, staring at what you left for me, just to share a point of view again.”
The entire disc is incredibly open and pure, truly allowing the listener in as the lyricist arrives at multiple discoveries and grapples with his feelings and place in life and love.