Tone Deft

'Apocolipstick' by Cherry Glazerr

By Hanna Schindler
On February 16, 2017

Young indie psyche band Cherry Glazerr released their second studio album "Apocolipstick" on Jan. 20, completely revolutionizing their sound and quite literally reinventing the band.

The Los Angeles natives only graduated high school last year, simultaneously releasing their debut album "Haxel Princess," which included a lifetime’s worth of lo-fi, scrappy angst. The LP was filled to the brim with scratchy guitars, moody bass lines and drums full of attitude; with vocalist and Cherry Glazerr founder Clementine Creevy belting out cheeky lyrics for a fun and catchy first release.

However, after a year of touring and reflection for the band, and seemingly the life the band members had ahead of them, the band basically disbanded, losing two of its three members and leaving Creevy to rebuild.

Creevy is now joined by drummer Tabor Allen and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth on "Apocolipstick," and the lineup change has majorly paid off. The development in sound, structurally and instrumentally, is dramatic to say the least. I found myself listening to the album nearly three times in my first sitting, hearing a maturation of the group’s cool angst with each listen.

The opening track "Told You I’d Be With The Guys" sounds like the band audibly transcends their teenage bedrooms into an outré cinemascope of young adulthood as Creevy exclaims "I was a lone wolf!" as the opening line. With this track, the group shatters the illusion of teenage cuteness they once were thought to uphold.

Each proceeding song only widens the scope of the band’s new strut, asserting narrative themes of female solidarity, realism and self-aware validation. The songs "Moon Dust" and "Lucid Dreams" create mid-album marvels as the band thrusts through a theatrical and even horror-inflected rock sequence, creating a sound of slipping guitars that ooze cool.

Despite the overwhelming number of solid tracks on this album, the ultimate highlight for me may be one that some would overlook. The slow burner titled "Nuclear Bomb" includes cryptic and haunting lyrics that seep out from a world of low-level paranoia and ghostly sounds. "As the swelling aches for fun / like a nuclear bomb / all the souls are swimming in the bathtub," Creevy sings as the synthesizer and guitar riff ascend through a haze.

Decidedly, "Apocolipstick" has proven that 19-year-old Clementine Creevy is the creative and driving force behind Cherry Glazerr and deserves all the attention she is receiving and more.

Despite the band’s new lineup, the foundation Creevy has set has only been expounded on and the voice she has created is even louder and clearer.

"Apocolipstick" has not only thoroughly surprised me but has kept me listening since its release, exemplifying with ease and style, a balanced mix of every conundrum an indie-psych record needs and more.

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