Gleemer Down Through
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dustandnations
May 11th 2020


357 Comments


This is gorgeous, definitely hear the PV comparison, maybe a bit less poppy but even more vibey.

instantradical
May 11th 2020


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

People seem to really like comparing Gleemer with Turnover, but it's worth pointing out that the genesis of Gleemer's sound was their No Goodbyes EP, which came out like half a year before Peripheral Vision. And really, most of the pieces were in place on the Brother EP and Holyland USA, so it's probably more of a coincidence than anything else.



Still loving this record. Leadings On, Spread Out, and Held are probably my favorites right now but I really don't think there's a weak song anywhere on here.



Very vocal-focused listeners might find Corey's vocals to be repetitive, but personally I just don't really care that he sings every song basically the same because it sounds good and the melodies are strong. The vocals don't serve the same purpose as in a band like, say, Citizen, and anybody expecting that dynamic is listening to this band the wrong way and probably not going to like it.



The guitar tones were sometimes better on the last album though. Just listen to the climax of Gush, that's perfect, heavy guitar tone. Wish these guys would ditch the Strats and go back to Jazzmasters like on the early stuff, they sound much better for this style of music. When I saw Gleemer live in December 2017 I thought they had the best live guitar sound of any indie rock artist I'd ever seen, and this was even in the often appalling sound-hell that is The Masquerade.

Iamthe Nightstars
May 11th 2020


2895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice takes. I also agree about the Turnover comparisons being a coincidence.

Snake.
May 11th 2020


23019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can't tell if this actually rules or sucks and my depressed ass is just craving disposable yipcore shit

instantradical
May 11th 2020


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Yipcore" Haha I love it.

BeyondCosby
May 12th 2020


2781 Comments


fuck man, this was a snooze.

JayEnder
May 12th 2020


10096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good.



actually kind of a snoozefest but first three songs and the closer rule so hard

WatchItExplode
May 12th 2020


8889 Comments


…well Turnover is better

that was pretty apparent

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JayEnder
May 12th 2020


10096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Yipcore"



I swear if he and his vocal drowning fetish ruin the new Movements album...

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 12th 2020


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah quite anxious about the new movements, should come out within the next 4 years tho!



that being said this is the best any yip produced record has sounded in at least 2 years

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instantradical
May 12th 2020


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Everyone knows Peripheral Vision rules but Turnover has completely failed to live up to it over their last two albums, which are basically easy listening music for teenage hipsters. They got fat and happy, and it's made their music boring.



There are about 2-3 songs like I like from each of the last two records but listening to those just conjures the image of Austin Getz sitting on a giant beanbag, petting his weird mustache while smoking pot and playing Super Smash Bros 64.



Meanwhile everything Gleemer has released since the dawn of 2015 has ruled and they've pushed their songcraft a little harder with each album even though the style hasn't changed much. Down Through frequently breaks with conventional song structures and that keeps it engaging since there's not a standard verse - prechorus - chorus with associated predictable dynamics. This can make it harder to really grasp the songs and creates the illusion of everything blurring together at some points, but it gives more depth to the record on repeated listening.





wildinferno2010
May 12th 2020


1451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is nice. Not that I've listened to a lot of it, but so far this whole style of vaguely dream-poppy emo is just background music for me. Nice is something, tho

kevbogz
May 12th 2020


3132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"can't tell if this actually rules or sucks and my depressed ass is just craving disposable yipcore shit"



holy shit

gschwen
May 12th 2020


607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm a casual fan of Gleemer, meaning I sort of liked one song on Moving Away and the rest of the album was decent enough, but I'll say this about Down Through:



If the dude from Pinegrove took over vocal duties for Pianos Become the Teeth and released an album, Down Through wouldn't be that album, but rather the collection of b-sides from that album that they leaked towards the end of their career when the cash ran out.



I listened to this album three times through and I'm just not getting it. It's not offensive in any way, it's just samey; there's no hook, nothing to come back to, nothing to sing along with. The vocals are hushed whimpers over the same chords for a half hour.



If you were listening to this album while doing literally anything other than reading the lyrics pamphlet you'd completely miss hearing the damn thing.

rafalafa
May 13th 2020


221 Comments


Big Balance and Composure vibes here.

instantradical
May 13th 2020


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I saw Balance And Composure open for Manchester Orchestra back in 2014 and thought they sounded like a whole bunch of nothing. Actually I'm not sure what I was doing at that show because I find M.O. pretty boring as well, which I'm sure will incite the rage of Sputcore acolytes everywhere. "Every Stone" is a cool song though. I would probably be more into them if they did more stuff like that.



Then last year I heard B&C's Slow Heart EP and though it sounded great. When I went back and tried to listen to the albums, though, I was bored.



I don't know what gschwen is talking about, Gleemer's skill at hooks and melody is what makes them so good. But I actually listened to Moving Away quite a few times before I "got" it and over the next few years it turned into one of my favorite records ever. Down Through is more subtle than either of the last two albums which would be easier places to start. Although I would actually suggest No Goodbyes -> Moving Away -> Anymore -> Down Through as the best progression.



Even though the production is sleeker on Down Through the band doesn't sound more accessible than on the almost-pop-like No Goodbyes. They sound like they're trying to make their music tougher to absorb, a move I respect from a group that clearly wants (and deserves) more attention. But once you get it, it's great.









grandfather
May 13th 2020


172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If you were listening to this album while doing literally anything other than reading the lyrics pamphlet you'd completely miss hearing the damn thing. [2]



Super weird average here. This is garden-variety post-tumblrcore that sounds almost more like Magnolia-era Turnover than Peripheral Vision. And, spoiler alert, Magnolia didn't pop like the next record did because it was...pretty average.



Plus the production here sounds like 95% of everything Yip's done, which is usually lifeless and bland. Unfortunate because I was hoping this would be cool.



Cool art though! Will try to give it a few more spins anyway.

sixdegrees
May 13th 2020


11458 Comments


moving away was nice, maybe this will be good

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2020


37653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Halfway through and this is not particularly my spice, but definitely less of a snooze than Peripheral Vision (however unhelpful that comparison is). Review is gorgeousness, nice

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BigTuna
May 14th 2020


5542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This took a few spins to settle in for me, but now I'm really enjoying it.

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