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Glass Vaults

The New Happy

Glass Vaults The New Happy
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If you want to know the secret to happiness, look no further than transcendental psychedelic pop outfit Glass Vaults. The New Zealand via Berlin bandduo led by of Richard Larsen and, Rowan Pierce and Carpark Record's signee Bevan Smith, create a unique concoction of joyously uplifting pleasure in their sonic laboratory and The New Happy is the result 'an exploration of the euphoric sensations associated with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). Glass Vaults' sophomore LP was recorded and mixed to their music to seduce. ASMR, otherwise known as a 'brain orgasm,' ASMR is an aurally triggered euphoric experience characterised by a tingling in the scalp which travels down the neck and spine and The New Happy was specifically mixed to elicit an ASMR effect. 'We focused on retaining short high frequency transients and worked on modulating and panning certain sounds to induce goose bumps and shivers when listened through headphones,' Smith Richard explains of their record's atmospheric ambiance. It looks not to emulate a sexual high, but a deeper, euphoric wave, that washes over the body in feelings of comfort and security' a new kind of happy.' Written in the band's Te Aro studio, a light-filled space in a semi-abandoned office building in Wellington NZ's Central Business District, the band set to recording their dreamy pop grooves over three days in the capital city's blue-fronted Blue Barn studios. While Larsen and Pierce both come from a visual/ performing arts background, it has been the Through tight reverbs the pair utilise their Performance Design backgrounds (Richard works at a 3D digital animation studio in Berlin whilst Rowan works as a video projection artist in dance and theatre). Fusing of Smiths sonic genius that led to their expertise with that of Carpark Records signee Bevan Smith, a music producer for film, television and advertising whilst composing on Carpark as Introverted Dance Floor, together they the experimentation with both the emotional and scientific approach to creating glorious music.' Myself and RowanWe have always considered Glass Vaults to be an extension of our larger artistic interests and process,' Richard reveals. 'One thing which has never changed is our goal of creating music that fully immerses those who experience it. We're creating worlds and stories to fully transcend the audience.' Whether it's capturing the feelings brought about by recollections of the pair's pre-teen days chatting with friends on MSN and downloading music from Napster ('Savant') sitting on Manhattan rooftops ('Brooklyn') or watching the sun rise after a long cold winter ('The New Happy'), each song is a shot of serotonin to the synapses. Speaking of the title-track Richard Larsen says; 'I was interested in creating the feeling of the classic New Zealand summer. When I listen to this song I imagine a Fruju iceblock advert shown there in the 90s. Young beautiful people jumping off a boat, eating ice blocks and singing 'Ooh Aah!' It's also about a beautiful old woman I saw once outside the Opera in Wellington. As I walked past she just stared at me for the longest time.' Not stopping at physical pleasure, The New Happy's absorbing soundscapes delve deeper into the unconscious by exploring nostalgia and dreams; 'Rewind' was inspired by a conversation with a visual artist friend about a dream of hitting rewind on life whilst 'Mind Reader' refers to the way dreams linger, well into waking hours. 'I'm interested in how our subconscious can inform us, especially in the creation of art,' Richard adds. 'Whilest writing the album I was having the most intense dreams and was curious about exploring the intangible space between waking and sleeping, where reality is hard to decipher.' Larsen adds, I became obsessed with my subconscious and began listening to it more and more. space between waking and sleeping' often in these moments it was hard to decipher reality.' Having already produced a stream of releases and performed transcendental blissful live shows, The New Happy sees the band peelings away at a once hazy veneers to reveal vibrant and colourful majestic pop moments crafted with precision and clarity. 'The New Happy is a sonic departure for us' where once we would have relied on large crystalline reverbs, this record takes cues from intimate spaces, percussive rhythm and groove to elicit a different kind of transcendence.' Glass Vaults' unique brand of dreamy psychedelic pop has groove, immediacy and striking sound has wowed capacity crowds everywhere from drained swimming pools and humid forests, to New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S.A.

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