Italians Do It Better
Rarely will you listen to an album by a singer that feels so in control as GLÜME does on her brand new album The Internet. Even though the title is a bit confusing and a little bit silly, the indie singer-songwriter has crafted a total of twelve brand new songs that are brimming with emotion, quiet fury and assuredness.
The album wants to suck you into GLÜME’s world and give you a taste of what it’s like. She wants to take you on a spiritual journey; one that’s loaded with tons of piano, synthesizers and smooth drum beats, and she succeeds greatly.
As soon as the first track “Arthur Miller” kicks things off, you’ll get an immediate sense of what the tone of this record is going to be like for the following eleven songs. It’s a simplistic yet beautiful song even if it doesn’t have anything miraculous or deep to say. It transitions excellently into “What Is A Feeling”, a song that sounds like a perfectly enjoyable 80s throwback with its synth-pop instrumental and the almost other-worldly vocals from GLÜME further add to the surrealist sound of the album.
But while a few of the songs are simplistic synth songs that seem relatively surface-level upon each listen, the album significantly picks up starting with “Nervous Breakdown”, where GLÜME sings “I’m scared that I may die again, but I get up / My feelings are a shade of red”. Not many artists will talk about their inner feelings in such a deeply personal and poetic way, but GLÜME is certainly not afraid to do so.
Some may complain that the vast majority of the songs sound the same, and if you as a listener find yourself annoyed with that, that’s perfectly okay. But it’s genuinely impressive that the album flows so smoothly and poetically. It almost feels like one gigantic song, with some changing instruments with the most powerful of them all being GLÜME’s voice.
As the album draws toward its close, it brings out some of its best songs, including “Don’t @ Me”. “I don’t want to make amends, I want to make a mess / I can play defense” GLÜME says peacefully. GLÜME may not be too happy about some people in her life, but she is showing that she’s the better and more mature person by not getting angry about it. She could have belted this line or really this entire song, but she chooses to be calm and collected. It’s really a great way to describe the album in general. It’s ferocious in its lyrical content but it’s also staggeringly mature and relaxed. It’s musical hypnotism in its finest form.
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