".."cinematic ominous" with "subconscious alter-reality".."
Disconsolated Empryrean Elation
Danish/American band Gliss makes a huge departure from their old sound on the new record Langsom Dans which is gathering comparisons to Beach House, Crystal Castles and Lower Dens. The LA based trio, consisting of Victoria Cecilia, Martin Klingman and David Reiss, pour their collective musical imaginations into recording timeless art pop with a precise Scandinavian texture that steps away from their previous work. The 12-track LP features heavy synths and electronic beats with Danish expatriate, Victoria Cecilia, stepping into the role as lead singer. The passionate vocal harmonies dictate the recordings with stories of coming out of the darkness into a new life, bringing to mind The XX, Portishead and Depeche Mode.
Hello, how are you?
Hello! I am feeling pretty good today. Made a huge vegetable juice about an hour ago. That stuff wakes me up!
What are you currently listening to?
Diamond Rings, Bat for Lashes, Twin Shadow, and no matter what Howlin’ Wolf is always there.
Why the name "Gliss", and do you still feel that this title/name is as relevant now as it may have been in the beginning?
It had to be called something, Gliss still fits the vibe.
Care to tell us a little bit about your latest release 'Langsom Dans'; theme, favorite track(s), snags in recording, etc.?
'Langsom Dan's is a huge departure from our old sound, so it took us a couple of years weeding through tracks, and settle on the direction we wanted to take. In the past the 3 of us would write the songs at the rehearsal space, jamming. But this time around it was so un-inspiring. Nothing interesting or new happened that way. So Martin and I (Victoria) started writing individually, and then meeting up and working on those songs. We would record a basic demo, and then experiment with different chord changes, and different instruments on the track. We spent a lot of time on the drums. We would program a beat, and then try every single effect on it. We would isolate the snare and find an effect we liked, then only keep the echo of the effected snare, and completely delete the snare hit. ..Things like that…Days..months..of finding sounds we liked. Another big change is that I took on the role as lead-singer. Martin is still singing a couple of songs, but most of them I sing now.That was all Martin’s idea. I think he enjoys being a drummer again. Lucky us, ‘cos he is great! We got some good advice from Gareth Jones, who mixed our 2nd album. We used to always switch instruments, and he suggested we each just stick to what we do best. So now Martin plays drums-and sings, David plays guitar, and I sing and play keys.
Will you extensively touring the US for said release?
We are leaving on Wednesday actually for some US dates*, and then we will continue to Europe from there.
*band has returned from the US, and is now onto Europe.
Speaking of touring, in a dream world whom would you choose to tour with if you could pick anybody (dead or alive)?
Depeche Mode, Bat for Lashes, The Knife, Bjork, Ramones, The Birthday Party
Got any other projects we should know about?
Martin has his own solo project,it’s just called “Martin Klingman”. It’s very beautiful acoustic songs. I have a project as well called Night Belles. Very dark stuff. I have put out a couple of tracks here and there, mainly for movies, but will make an album available some time this year. David’s thing is photography, he has this sick camera he brings with him everywhere.
What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
Any David Lynch movie.
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Are you living your dream?
I always want more. But I am pretty satisfied at the moment. I spend as much time as I can doing things that are exciting to me. Obviously music takes up most of my time, but I also take acting classes, which I love. I have always loved the theater. And living in Los Angeles you have access to some great teachers.
Gliss are currently touring Europe, and then (hopefully) revisiting the US shortly after...