Glös, Harmonium

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

It's gotta be hard to be Cornbread Compton. First, of course, the name. Second, Glös's membership is filled out by Keeley and Maura Davis, brother and sister. One has to imagine if he isn't caught in the middle of some bickering from time to time, he's probably just stepping out of the room at the right moment. Or is he? Compton was lucky enough to work on these songs via the internet with the Davis's. The trio e-mailed tracks back and forth, while they each held down full-time jobs in other, more well-known groups like Engine Down (Keeley), Ambulette (Maura) and Heavens (Compton). You'd be hard-pressed to hear it, though. The tracks are seamless, shiny bits of melodic indie rock, cybernetically engineered to simultaneously tug on the heartstrings and punch you in the gut. “Public Speaker” may be the best of bunch: its insistent drumming is augmented by handclaps and tightly wound guitar/bass lines.