The Glass: At Swim Two Birds
Is it true what they say? Do men get sexier as they get older? Once two musical scallywags jager-bombing their way around the East Village in spray-on jeans and worn out sneakers, The Glass have refined their lifestyle and sound to come up with their long awaited debut album – At Swim Two Birds.
The Glass are Dominique Keegan and Glen ‘DJ Wool’ Brady. Dominique is a New Yorker who runs the Plant Music label with partner Adrian “Stretch Armstrong” Bartos. Glen now lives in Berlin where he runs label We Collect Enemies and releases under his DJ Wool moniker. Both are originally from Dublin, Ireland and joined one another to form The Glass in 2004. Their first two singles Won’t Bother Me and Hear The Music were released on Four Music, Germany and were showcased on The Sound of Young New York compilations. They released the seven track EP Couples Therapy in 2007 and have been performing as a band and as djs around the globe ever since. They have been remixed by Mylo, 20/20 Soundsytem, Nadastrom, In Flagranti, Luke Solomon and more recently Black Van and Ian Pooley.
At Swim Two Birds is their first full length album. It is both an electronic album and a pop record fusing the freshest production with catchy music and choruses. Disco, Rock, House and Techno power soft and almost melancholy vocals with some slower moodier songs giving way to faster paced dance anthems like last year’s single Wanna’ Be Dancin’ and their new single Four Four Letter.
When asked about this album the band replied “it’s music for girls”. Popular themes of love, lust, attraction and pain run through the record with songs like Pheromone, an ode to the most potent of aphrodisiacs, Is It Me?, a rhetorical quiz touching on infidelity and the similar themed Wanna Be Dancin’ . Other themes like, the state of our planet, love of yacht rock and the legacy left to the blank generation also feature on songs Atmosphere, Michael McDonald and Washed Up.
Several tracks on the album are co produced by London’s Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers) and Peter Wade (Jennifer Lopez, Santana, Lindsey Lohan). The result is an accomplished body of work whose title comes from Dublin author Flann O’ Brien’s first novel from 1939. The title touches on Glen’s love of the ocean and swimming (he was a teenage water polo champion) and Dom’s love of birds (he actual is a part-time ornithologist, even as a Manhattan resident).