“ No matter what ocean; Pull ahead, yo heave O!”
Limited edition transparent electric blue
Release date: May 7, 2021
Vinyl released and distributed by SOUNDEFFECT RECORDS (GR)
CD Digipack released by ANESTHETIZE PRODUCTIONS (FR)
“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life.” - Herman Melville
Having collaborated on several films and audio visual projects, the current members of GLEN, lead by german multi instrumentalist and film score composer Wilhelm Stegmeier and greek visual artist, filmmaker and musician Eleni Ampelakiotou, celebrate the release of their new album PULL!.
While GLEN´s previous album CRACK “switched in and out of different moods with a sense of widescreen dynamics and penchant for extended narratives that were shaped by their cinematic endeavours”, their new album PULL! is even more consistent in their wandering through the glens of nearly unmarketable instrumental elegies rejecting despite their haunting melodies any assignment to traditional rock aesthetics, similar to the uncompromising deconstructing energy of the avant-rock movement citing “there are no waves, only the ocean”.
Supported by greek-austrian bass player Maria Zastrow as well as american sound artist and drummer Brendan Dougherty, GLEN´s eclectic guitar sculptures on PULL! loom up to elegant mesmerizing structures of free improvisation, meditative minimalism and multidimensional layered soundscapes. Pursuing an abrasive reductionism GLEN merges disparate styles and contrasting textures to a unique sound of tempting narratives, vertiginous swelling dissonant chords, melodic patterns and abstract noise.
PULL! was mixed by german producer legend MACK, who started his career in Giorgio Moroder´s Musicland Studios working with bands like Marc Bolan´s T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, early Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Sparks, etc. and of course became famous as the producer of Queen.
The playful sensibility of seductive melodies, driving rhythms and subtle electronics set the stage for purposeful ambiguity as the title of the album PULL!, the track Ahab and the artwork refer to Mocha Dick, a famed aggressive whale, first mentioned in 1839 in a story published in The Knickerbocker, New-York Monthly Magazine, which was likely an inspiration for Melville’s Moby Dick.
Mythical Characters like Ahab, unbearable endeavours like Korinth and the Rosebud like enigma of Davos are open to multiple interpretations, a Lecture on madness, bliss, obsession, greed and tragedy of mankind enveloped in an album cover that was shot in the abandoned offices of the Athen´s Stock Exchange.
“Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's?(…) — Why then do you try to ‘enlarge’ your mind? Subtilize it”
Entirely instrumental, GLEN “subtilize” one´s mind by including a single surprising vocal track to the five track album PULL! of mystical serene beauty – an exceptional version of John Cale´s Buffalo Ballet.
GLEN is a Berlin-based mostly instrumental band.
„…Crack' is a real breath of fresh air...it is an album of infinite variety and many surprises; one which keeps the listener on the edge at all times, veering off course into different directions and sometimes doing the exact opposite of what the listener expects. It is all done with a wry grin on its face, not quite mocking us but certainly aware that we are going to be sent on a whole different trajectory with each passing moment. This is a little gem of an album!…“. (Dayz of Purple and Orange)