Los Angeles psych-gazers supergloom share the project’s latest cut, “Glass Ajar” from their EP Immaterial. The gentle psychedelic track also premieres alongside an animated lyric video, crafted by the band.
“Glass Ajar” is a hauntingly poignant exploration into the highs and depths of co-dependence in a relationship: with their expansive sound and profound lyrics, supergloom ruminates upon the duality of love; the beautiful surrender of one’s self; and the treacherous risk of losing one’s identity in the process.
The title, a brainchild of supergloom’s drummer, Shane Graham, paints an eerily vivid picture—a mind vulnerably exposed, its intricate thoughts spiraling into uncontrollable chaos. This ethereal vision serves as the emotional anchor of the song, speaking of a mind’s boundaries softened. This state, for better or worse, allows another to seep in, filling every nook and cranny, until both minds meld and blur.
It is ironic, then, that co-dependence becomes the very nature of the band’s songwriting process. As the song unfurls, the collaborative genius of the five members is evident. They’ve collectively transformed it into a tone poem, a mesmerizing blend of music and words that echoes the whirlwind emotions of love’s intoxicating dance, and demonstrating what is possible when the ego dissolves. Every note, every lyric is charged with the weight of enthrallment, of a love so overpowering that it threatens to consume.
Watch the gaggle of ghosties below:
supergloom formed in the spring of 2021 during the pandemic when Shane Graham organized a line-up of friends to record a couple of Queens of the Stone Age covers remotely during the lockdown. Everyone enjoyed it so much that they decided to try their hand at writing some original music. They began passing demos back and forth and discussing ideas virtually over Zoom until it was safe to meet in person.
By February 2022, the EP was complete, and the first single, ‘Cut the Ties,’ was released in April, followed by three more singles. The self-titled EP was released in July last year.
supergloom’s upcoming EP, Immaterial, highlights their maturing sound and heightened synchronicity as a band. As the name suggests, the EP dives deep into themes that often transcend the tangible — existential musings and philosophical ponderings, all set to a rich backdrop of introspective melodies. The collaborative spirit of Supergloom shines brightly in the creation process of Immaterial. Songs were initially birthed as raw demos, evolving organically as band members exchanged ideas and iterations. This fluid exchange of creativity later coalesced in the rehearsal rooms, with each track blossoming under the collective input of the band. Musically, the EP nods to a stellar line-up of inspirations, weaving in the shoegaze essence of My Bloody Valentine, the relentless drive of Queens of the Stone Age, the alt-rock ethos of Smashing Pumpkins, and the dark industrial undertones of Nine Inch Nails.
Navigating the maze of societal norms and expectations, the tracks on Immaterial echo the journey of self-discovery and reflection; seeking clarity amidst chaos, wrestling with the existential dread of one’s place in the world, and ultimately, unearthing profound truths. The EP encapsulates a realization that seems both alarming and comforting: in this vast, ever-expanding universe, perhaps the only genuine reality is our shared consciousness.
supergloom took a raw and immersive approach to creating Immaterial. The tracks were initially recorded live, with an emphasis on capturing the authentic energy of the drums and bass. This initial energy acted as the spine of the tracks, to which the layers of guitars, keys, and vocals were meticulously added. The guidance and expertise of Smashing Pumpkins’ Jeff Schroeder, in tandem with Jules de Gasperis, transformed the raw energy of the live tracks into the polished gems that make up the EP. de Gasperis also took charge of engineering and mixing. Mastering, was handled by the deft hands of both Will Borza and Joe Lambert.
Immaterial is out as of August 24th via Nomad Eel Records. The band is planning to support their latest release with some West Coast tour dates as well as head back into the studio at the end of the year to begin recording their debut album. To celebrate the arrival of their brand new EP, supergloom is hosting an EP release show at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA on August 27.
Tickets and more information can be found HERE.
Post-Punk.com did a short interview with the band about the origins of the EP, what’s new for the band and what makes them tick.
I know you all started by recording Queens of the Stone Age covers, when did you realize that you wanted to take things to the “band” level?
After realizing how much fun we all had making the covers, we decided to try our hand at writing some original music. It was apparent rather quickly that there was a strong chemistry between all of us.
You worked with two incredible producers on this new EP, how did that influence the project’s sound?
It was great working with Jeff Schroeder & Jules de Gasperis on “Immaterial”. With both of them we were able to achieve a bigger sound with more production than our previous release. Jeff helped us dial in our vision for the music into a more refined form. He encouraged us to incorporate more space in our songs and to have certain instruments drop out for more dynamic contrast. Jules was a great help in finding a balance between the oversaturated shoegazey sound we all gravitate towards naturally, and the more restrained, focused sound that sometimes the songs called for. He was very fast at achieving any sound we were describing to him and a master at manipulating effects.
You’ve got a release show coming up at The Echo in LA, for the uninitiated, what does a supergloom live performance look like?
There’s a strong collective energy to be witnessed on stage between the 5 of us and each song will take you on its own sonic journey. We often invite our good friend to do visuals who manipulates tape and projects it behind us as we perform.
We also have a ton of new merch we’re really excited about, including hand dyed shirts and tapes.
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