Glint Inverter on 180g 2LP + Download
One Colored LP / One Black LP
Traditional recording studios just don't inspire Jase Blankfort, the creative force behind the band Glint. He finds them sterile, institutional, sometimes coldly clinical – more akin to a dentist's office than a place to craft exuberant earworms of crazy quilt anthemic arrangements. For Blankfort, it must come naturally, which is why he works better in unconventional spaces that have a strong connection to the real world, but remain separate from it.
To create Inverter, Glint's epically life-size third album, Blankfort set up to record in empty warehouses near his home in Nyack, NY, referring to, and later branding, them as "The Factory," his version of a creative haven. "All the cubicles and desks were still there, but all the life had been sucked out of the building," he says. "I went into that weird corporate setting, set up my stuff in these different rooms, and let the environment take me away. That's where some of the Glint sound comes from."
Glint is music to fill these everyday spaces, which means the songs sound enormous both musically and emotionally. Inverter mixes everything from hip-hop beats to Britpop guitars, from orchestras to vintage synths, sequencers to shakers, laptop-pop blips to torch-ballad choruses. The warehouses allowed Blankfort to cloister himself off from the world with these songs, the better to obsess over their every detail. "Sometimes I'll stay there for four or five days straight, living in the warehouse. Eventually I'll come out for air."
Every track on Inverter, whether it's a heart-on-sleeve anthem like "Daydreamers" or a minor-key banger like "Soldiers in the Dark," thrums with a new buzzy energy as well as a palpable melancholy. Full of relationships not fully severed and hearts still in the process of breaking, these songs tell stories that don't have pat endings. Instead, they are constantly unfolding, which means the bruises are still fresh, the emotions always raw.
On "Get Out the Way," Blankfort remembers old friends and reflects on past emotions. "We use to be so close but not anymore," he sings as the guitars and synths add exclamation points to his observations. The music lends these everyday devastations a sense of scale and majesty. The juxtaposition of the songs emotional weight with the catchy, ebullient hook makes this the albums more poignant track.
After setting down initial tracks among the corporate ghosts of Nyack, Blankfort and his small team of collaborators road tripped out to the wilds of Michigan, where they completed Inverter at The Loft, just outside Ann Arbor. It's no ordinary recording studio, but a renovated barn in the middle of a 100 acre horse farm. "It's not frequented by a lot of artists," says Blankfort. "It's really just producer Tim Patalan opening his studio to bands he thinks are doing something interesting."
While it's not a debut, Inverter sounds like the work of a new band making a bold declaration of intent: to make music for wide-open spaces, whether that's an urban warehouse, a rural farm, or the human heart. Glint, a spot of light in a world of darkness, "shining brighter now than [it] did before."