THE GLASS PICTURE - "S/T" CS
Hideotic are one of the more understated Melbourne labels, a tape label that has no online presence, offering tapes that are released without press releases or official released dates in editions that are generous and without the collector bait of limited editions in planned obsolescence. Helmed by Al Montfort, the bands released on Hideotic include his solo project Snake, Ill Winds, Golden Scalpel, Sleepless Nights, Backstabbers, Primo!, Karl Frog, Chateau and Terror from the Deep. There is a certain consistency of style across these - somewhere between bedroom pop, home studio hits, lounge-wave, kitchen psych, laundry country.
The Glass Picture are a new band who have released their first tape on Hideotic, featuring Vio (Primo!) and Lucy (Drab Doo-Riffs), with a guest sax wail by Raven Mahon (The Green Child). To write such a dreamy, wistful collection of songs in a nightmare age takes some resilience. There's no sense of escape or retreat. This is dreaming with your eyes open music. The relaxed delivery of DIY post-punk bands like Marine Girls or modern Melbourne bands like Sleeper and Snake might offer a decent reference point for The Glass Picture's take on what dreaming with your eyes open music™ can sound like.
The Glass Picture is a compelling collection of songs in the "bedroom pop" pocket of the above list of abode references: home crafted pop songs in a housebound era. Vio and Lucy's voices are a beautiful pairing that compliment and elevate one another. The mood is light (not vapid), bright (not cheery), brilliant, beautiful and up, up, up.
As with all releases on Hideotic, The Glass Picture comes with the strongest recommendation from Lulu's!
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