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Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Langsom Dans' by Gliss

Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Langsom Dans' by Gliss facebook.com/officialgliss
Written by Roy Kasten
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Beginning with clacking percussion and airy harmonies, ending with a sprawling, psychedelic dreamscape, "Langsom Dans" by Gliss frames an artful study in contrasts.

The Danish-American band's third album aims straight for any savvy indie-pop fan's wheelhouse: atmospheric guitars fuzz and twinkle in the shadows of the dance-floor-ready rhythms -- that is if the club is offering complimentary oxycodone. The album invites listeners to an exclusive after party featuring headliners Depeche Mode and Beach House, and though the mood is often contemplative, the hooks are precise, the arrangements meticulous, the mood of languorous euphoria rarely broken.

Fourth track "Weight of Love" has an especially evocative tone, with singer Victoria Cecilia delivering the chorus, "I'm feeling the weight of love from the two of us" with a dual dose of bliss and torpor. "Blur," in contrast, comes exactly as advertised: wash after wash of shoe-gazing guitars and synths and deep-in-reverb-cave percussion suggest a modernized wall of sound. The trio's approach shifts dramatically yet gracefully on "Through the Mist," a bedroom-pop reverie anchored in acoustic guitar and a simple loop; it's as spare as any moment on this lush, gauzy venture into art-rock, but like every track, it's one more well-shaped curve on a lovely, ever-changing sonic excursion.

"Langsom Dans" will be released on January 22, 2013 on Modern Outsider.

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