Before the Thanksgiving break, which all but cemented my slothful nature, I have to say that I have been pleased with the sorts of independent, local groups coming forward. Sure, I do love my Sargent House
however it always raises my spirits to see more local, small, and independent acts coming forward and making their presence known through a vigilant commitment to patience and passion. It is largely for this reason that I wanted to go ahead and write this article in honor of Glacial Records
, an upstate New York record label which has given us the likes of Winterlong
and Lives of the Obscure
. (both releases recently reviewed).
So why write about Glacial Records
? Sure, there are plenty of small outfit labels, striving to provide a new sound to an often over saturated music industry. The first explanation I would offer is the simplest: they have done an incredible job picking out acts. Whether it was Deathfete 7″
from Lives on the Obscure
or Five Songs
, Glacial Records has proven that they not only know how to seek out and master a niche, but also how one can expand a niche to a larger sound that seems to blend genres and scenes. Believe me, I tend to never compare the sounds of Plastic Constellations
but somehow, Glacial Records
has forced the comparison through some of their acts (Oh, and there are plenty of additional amazing acts on the label, acts I hope to write about in the future. For now, however, I will stick with the two I know and love).
The biggest explanation for this article, however, is that I like their style. For several weeks, we were unable to get in contact to discuss articles and the like. It turned out that he was on the move, hopping from one location to the next and thus, one computer to the next. After living around the MICA
scene, I can certainly sympathize. Thus, get used to the ad we will be trying out on the side column. It’s well deserved.