Posts Tagged ‘Looking Glass’

Grace Cummings – “Sweet Matilda”

Grace Cummings’ LP from last year caught me late, but never really let go. Cumming’s voice has a quality that’s startling, but affirming. There’s a sandpapered rasp nestled into a richness that unfolds further with each listen. Her stories capture hurt and healing in a way that matches the assured delivery that drives out of the speakers with a powerful gait. She’s the latest in a long line of indelible artists that have found their way into Mexican Summer’s singles offshoot Looking Glass and like the other inhabitants of this world, “Sweet Matilda” stirs a deeper well in the listener. Atop a patient piano, Cummings lays out a tale of loss that fills in the fine details with a refined hand. Its a crushing, gorgeous song that fits in right alongside her previous LP like an epilogue. With so many songs entering the fray each day a lot of gems can get lost. Don’t let this one get away.





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Kikagaku Moyo – “Ouchi Time”

Another sublime cut from this new Looking Glass series though MexSum and its from longtime faves Kikagaku Moyo. The band’s been working outside the album boundaries all year with a solid entry to the Sub Pop Singles Club and now this gem that’s playing to their psych-folk strengths, but bringing in the bob of rhythm that keeps this track bubbling right on into German Progressive waters. As the build crests, the band lets a the chug of drums get doused in stringwork, echo, and a disorienting cascade of ecstasy. Hoping that this track hints at the direction they might be headed, but the tracks included in this series seem to be particularly singular offerings, letting band’s play around with sounds, while all adhering to a sort of humid, earthen psychedelia and folk focus. Can’t wait to see what’s next.


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Matchess – “For Lise”

Last caught Matchess on Trouble in Mind a couple of years back and its great to see them pop up in the new Looking Glass series of digital singles from Mexican Summer. The singles are intended to fund charities that benefit musicians who might be affected by the pandemic and so far the series has been stacking up nicely with great names on the way. Conan Mockasin and Sessa have already contributed with promised cuts by Kikagaku Moyo, Ariel Pink and The Green Chile also in the works. On “For Lise” Matchess lingers in the ether, pairing rolling synths with a skeletal percussion and disembodied vocals. The song is mercurial and calm, a body in suspended animation bathed in lights and colors. There’s a feeling of water in and around the track, or maybe its just the suggestion of the gentle lap the shaker makes. Either way, this one is the comedown this week needs. Bonus, since today is a Bandcamp ‘no fees’ day the whole slice goes to the charity. Keep tabs on this series. They keep getting better.




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