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Ned Russin crafts nostalgic dream pop under his moniker Glitterer. Staying true to his project name, his 2017 self-titled debut drips with a heavy glaze of hazy aesthetics. Russin’s latest EP, Not Glitterer continues in the same vein with production assistance from one Alex G (unsure if Sandy). The relatively transient EP is a held together by five vividly infectious one-minute tracks.
“Glimpse” is the EP’s spry opener that rises with radiating ascension. Heavy in melancholy, the track’s emotional ambiance serves as it’s driving force. The simplicity in the record’s programmed percussion adds a pattern of familiarity that some tracks feel as if they blend into one another, as with “Glimpse” to “Wander”. The instrumentation throughout is minimal with a dense lushness to it. “Did Not” is a mid-record slow down with a steady tempo beat that’s quite different from the rest, but yet manages to feel dancier.
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A song about an attempt at habitual flossing, “St. Ignatius, Young and Standing” is a sparse track that sheds the sharp synthesizers for an elastic groove. An elegant rage conducted by an incensed Russin refocuses emotional energy into an epiphany that feels more visceral and raw on the closer, “I Thought A Lot”.
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There are songs that are lengthier than Not Glitterer in its totality, but those that insist on enjoyment in moderation, its okay to spin this record a few times.
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