glasser: ring.

Never underestimate the power of good cover art. I might have passed over Glasser if I hadn’t been stopped dead in my tracks by the gorgeous cover, below, to her upcoming debut album “Ring.” And that would have totally been my loss, because Glasser is basically now my favourite new thing.

The home-project pseudonym of “one-woman orchestra” Cameron Mesirow, Glasser first got some buzz after releasing her debut EP “Apply” in May 2009. Recorded in Garage Band, she clearly showed right out of the gate a natural ability to make the rough edges endearing.

But “Home”, the recently-released first single from “Ring”, is what really got me excited. The audio evolution from her EP seems so natural and the imperfect wooden percussion; swelling synth chorus; swooping strings; and dreamy, chanty call of Glasser’s voice has been on heavy rotation in my brain since I first heard it. Like siren song, I can’t shake it. And that’s a good thing.

“Ring” comes out Sept. 28 from True Panther. Pre-order here.

Here are two grainy, misty, analog-feeling vids for two tracks from her EP “Apply”:

“Apply” directed by Jacinto Astiazarán

“Tremel” directed by Sarah Enid Hagey

Via Pitchfork.

martin de thurah + ikea: home.

This is a match made in advertising heaven. The brilliant Martin de Thurah (whose recent vid for Fever Ray’s “When I  Grew Up” kicked some serious ass…) worked with advertising innovator and fearless marketers Ikea (who, besides having a history of working with the world’s best directors also promote tolerance and human rights with their forward-thinking depictions of “families” – check out my post on their hilarious and controversial ‘Tidy Up” campaign) to create “Home.” 

This gorgeous ad is a perfect example of what advertising can and should be: simple, beautiful, artistic, and willing to slowly draw you in until you wonder what’s going on instead of bashing you over the head in fear that you won’t get it. 

I really need to move to Sweden.

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(Agency: Robert/Boisen & Like-Minded. Post: Duckling.)

 

Via No Fat Clips!