Dallas, TX post-rock trio Glasir released their debut EP “Unborn” in May of 2015. A vinyl followed in July of this year via Elusive Sound (the record has sold out on the band’s bandcamp, but Elusive Sound still have some records in their own store available. You can check it out here). Thorough as we may be here at Arctic Drones, we can’t cover everything, and as such we missed out on featuring this band last year. In light of the recent record release, allow us to make good on the initial oversight by taking a look at “Precipice,” the opening track from “Unborn.”
While any of the EP’s three tracks are worthy of highlighting, “Precipice” best reveals Glasir’s particular skill set. It is simple, unpretentious and methodically-paced, featuring powerful percussion, thundering bass and guitar that wrings every bit of impact out of each note. “Precipice” is essentially one long build-up, making it even more impressive that it comes off as such a satisfying whole. It is direct, emotionally impactful and eventually intensely dramatic, but never overwrought despite devoting six and a half minutes to what amounts to a single melody. This is a track for post-rock fans who find Of The Vine’s atmospherics and Russian Circles’ heaviness equally enticing.
Named for the tree of Old Norse mythology reputed to be “the most beautiful among gods and men,” Glasir has bestowed upon us in “Unborn” the first of hopefully many golden leaves to come. Their debut LP has been recorded and is currently being mixed, with sights set on a 2017 release. For now, “Unborn” is available as a name-your-price download on their BandCamp page. Check it out and revel in its commanding, devastating glory.