At first listen, Glass Face appears to be little more than one of the countless ambient and shoegaze-influence bands polluting the contemporary indie music scene.
However, it is worth mentioning that the first song any listener is likely to hear is their cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” a song that, no matter who is singing it, presents very little to hold a listener’s attention beyond a catchy chorus and auto tuned monotony. But, if the listener is able to get past the cover and give Glass Face’s debut EP, You Are Nowhere, an honest listen, they’re in for a treat.
The songs on You Are Nowhere exhibit a soulful beauty and subtle elegance that more than redeems Glass Face for the Hotline Bling cover. It also comes as a surprise that a band with such obvious pop leanings has a penchant for the mysterious.
Little can be found on the origins of this band online, other than cryptic philosophical musings that, honestly, makes them more interesting. One of these musings in particular, which can be found on their Facebook page, gives the impression that Glass Face has ambitions to become a pop band for the introverted:
“Words are a funny thing. We spend so much time inside our own minds that when we go to share that time with others, we often feel as if our words fall short of the truth they’re meant to bear. We over think, we press delete, and we discard what feels right out of fear.”
Easily the most noteworthy track on You Are Nowhere is “Holland,” a song that pulls off a perfect combination of whimsical and joyfully simplistic, but at the same time contains a depth that rises far above artists in the same genre.