Gleemer
Here At All


3.5
great

Review

by YoYoMancuso STAFF
July 14th, 2022 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gleemer continue to add effective wrinkles to their formula.

Gleemer have settled into a reliable and effective formula over the past decade or so, and Here At All does very little to alter it. What it decides to offer instead is a natural continuation of Down Through’s glacial pacing, ethereal atmosphere, and occasional crushing intensity. The EP comes barreling out of the gate with the gargantuan “In Your Way”, a track that feels like a spiritual companion to 2020’s “Casino”, utilizing much of the same tension in its chord changes while opting for a more brisk tempo and in-your-face presentation; it could be argued that the band haven’t outright rocked this hard since “Heater”. Right from the get go, guitarist/vocalist/engineer/producer/everyman Corey Coffman’s sonic gifts are on display, as the EP makes a strong case for being the most cleanly produced Gleemer project yet (the drums in particular pack a previously absent punch here). Once the intensity dies down, the relevance of Here At All’s striking artwork becomes apparent as the group conclude “In Your Way” with a spidery instrumental replete with shifting meters, before using the following four tracks to draw the listener dreamily into their sonic web. I’d be lying if I told you that songs like “Outline” and “Backlog” aren’t what we’ve come to expect from Gleemer, or that their quality meets the standard of album cuts like “Brush Back” or “Spread Out”. They’re perfectly passable, but not entirely stunning in the way that the band’s best efforts are. “Backlog” unfortunately fails to stick the landing by guiding its spellbinding opening into the weeds with a disappointing climax, which is surprising given the band’s expertise with such songwriting structures. Thankfully, the band saves a strong surprise for last, with closing track “Valentine” electing to become entirely atmosphere, buried beneath tidal waves of distortion and boasting one of the strongest melodies the band has ever written.

Here At All isn’t a watershed moment in the Gleemer discography by any means, and it won’t change the game for the band or their respective scene, but it’s nice to hear them step outside of the box in small ways and continue to add effective wrinkles to their formula. Despite this fact, its bookend tracks are both all-time great additions to the band’s canon, and meeting expectations elsewhere can’t be seen as a bad thing, right? While my hunger for another full-length Gleemer project is not yet satiated, Here At All was a wonderful surprise and it’s fantastic to hear new music from one of the best and most important bands in the nugaze scene today.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


18794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

we out here gleemin

JayEnder
July 14th 2022


19169 Comments


Well, that was quick. Nice one Mr. YoYo!

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


18794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's been on loop since the moment i knew of its existence lol

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


5365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

hell yeah sweet rev, v muchly agreed

i desperately want to see this band live but corey's too busy producing the best albums out there so it's ok i guess

JayEnder
July 14th 2022


19169 Comments


Yeah its great! First two songs are among their best. Backlog is kinda boring but overall solid release

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


18794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Corey is quickly becoming one of my dream collabs ye

JayEnder
July 14th 2022


19169 Comments


Alright I change my mind the closer is the best song

Bilbodabag
July 14th 2022


162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This do be a Gleemer alright

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


5650 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice little review, YoYo!



As for the EP, the world's most 3.5 band strikes again.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2022


59505 Comments


thought this band was a definition of mid, but this EP is actually kinda nice

pjquinones747
July 14th 2022


4232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i be gleemin'

GhostShelter
July 14th 2022


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gleem on me bb.

OverSlyZed91
July 15th 2022


338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the same song over and over again.

Asura14
July 15th 2022


508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh man new Gleemer hype, didn't know they were working on smth

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2022


5365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

wow johnny r u ok??

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2022


25674 Comments


this a good place to start with them?

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2022


18794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As good a place as any neek, then check Down Through if you like this

jciccotelli
July 15th 2022


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seems to not be a super popular opinion, but I think Backlog is one of the most interesting songs they’ve ever made. The last minute or so is so unexpected and a really cool way to tie it all together, even if the song is a big long.



Band has been a hot streak since No Goodbyes

SaveBandit
July 15th 2022


3224 Comments


Reminding myself to check this out when I get some time. Glad to see people are liking it so far!

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2022


18794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Backlog has a ton of interesting ideas that it doesn't see all the way through (snares being turned off in the intro, the climax that feels way too fleeting, etc.)



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