With rapid-fire adrenaline, Glom unleash the jittery pop gem “Forlorn,” one of the ten songs comprising their debut album Bond, but as listeners who explore the tracklist of this amazing record will find, the glistening grooves and cutting riffage that we encounter in this piece represent only a fraction of what their rookie effort is all about. Glom don’t limit themselves to hook-laden rock tunes exclusively on Bond; contrarily, they explore the depth of a uniquely amalgamative brand of alternative music, where psychedelia, noise, synthpop and punk all find their way into a cocktail of rich tonality that will leave any melody buff begging for more this July.
“Tell Me Who to Be,” “4:1” and “World Class Poetry” have an almost Beatles-esque construction, but there’s nothing archaic about the harmonies that these songs contain. “World Class Poetry” utilizes a blistering bassline as a point of contrast with a tender acoustic guitar’s chime, creating a bevy of tension as we follow the churn of the rhythm that guides every verse in the track. The anthological introduction “Tell Me Who to Be” is equally complex, but it is perhaps its muscular melodicism that keeps us on the edge of our seats more than anything else does during its two and a half minutes of running time.
Punkish tracks like “Afraid of the Rain” and “Something Stupid and Dumb” bring a lot of angst to the table in Bond, and yet much like the aforementioned album-opener, it’s their surprisingly heavy instrumentation that made the biggest impression on me of anything in their compositional structures. Glom have put together a nice mixture of spindly pop songs in “My Red Spine” and “Forlorn” with genuinely assaultive sonic chest-beaters in “Walking” and “4:1” in their first LP, and if their live performances are as diverse an experience as this collection of tracks is, then they’re definitely in for a warm reception from west coast fans when they make their way out of Brooklyn and onto the road for a proper tour.
There’s a really surreal feel to “Bad Year,” “Tell Me Who to Be” and “Stuck” that I haven’t been able to resist basking in every time I listen to Bond. They’re some of the dreamiest tracks made by a non-shoegaze band that I’ve heard in quite some time, and what’s even more interesting is that, even at their most heterogeneous, they never devolve into the sort of over the top fluff that would render such experimental sounds inaccessible to most occasional listeners. Glom have lot more self-control than your average newcomers, and that’s going to aid in their ascent through the underground hierarchy in the years to come.
Since first picking up my copy of Bond this last weekend, I haven’t been able to put its ten decadently stylish songs down. For this being the first time that these guys have shared a recording studio together, they sound remarkably tight, connective and capable of playing off of each other’s cues without ever skipping a beat. There’s no debating that Glom have the right ingredients to make something really impactful with their sound, and as 2020 comes into focus, I think that they’re unquestionably one of the most important bands to follow out of the New York scene.