Glass Vaults
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Glass Vaults

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand | INDIE

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand | INDIE
Band Alternative Avant-garde




"Seizure Chicken Review"

Throughout my initial listen of their EP, Glass, i found sounds reminiscent of Bear in Heaven and even a little Radiohead at times, that being said, rarely do you hear a band with transparent roots making original and innovative tunes. Glass Vaults, who hail from Wellington, New Zealand, beautifully tinker with industrial drumming, nostalgic synth echoes, and song progressions that take the listener from melancholy to unexpected optimism. Grab their 5-song EP for free over at their Band Camp page. (HERE) -

"Glass Vaults mit kostenloser EP"

Spätestens seit den Flight of the Conchords dürfte es kein Geheimnis mehr sein, dass Neuseeland mehr zu bieten hat, als grüne Wiesen, blökende Schafe und beeindruckende Gebirge. Nun beackern ihre Landsmänner von den Glass Vaults musikalisch zwar ein völlig anderes Gebiet – einen anderen Planeten möchte man geradezu sagen – doch dürften sie dank der wahrhaft wunderschönen Klänge ihrer „Glass EP“ dazu führen, dass ihre Heimat schon bald ebenso für das kreative Schaffen der Glass Vaults steht. Davon kann sich jeder überzeugen, der ihr bisher einziges Werk auf der Bandcampseite kostenlos herunterlädt und im Anschluss an diese fünf Songs sofort nach einem kompletten Album verlangen wird.

Eine Limited Edition der EP wird es ab November auch zum Anfassen als Liebhabervinyl von JUKBOXR geben, wo man diese derzeit bereits vorbestellen kann. Und wer nun immer noch nicht davon überzeugt ist, dass er diesen Herbst wie Winter nicht ohne zerbrechlich hübsche Klänge aus Neuseeland überstehen wird, der kriegt hier den ultimativen Videobeweis. Für den Film im Kopf: -

"Glass Vaults - Glass (free EP)"

När första låten på Glass Vaults debut-EP Glass gick igång tänkte jag cyniskt "okej, ännu mer gratis och fin men oföränderlig ambient musik som vi alla väl blivit lite trötta på nu. Nu är det nog". Men sedan var det plötsligt dags för spår två, tre, fyra och fem. Och alla tvivel var vipps lika bortblåsta som mitt sinne för vad som var verkligt. Ladda ner på Bandcamp (dl)

Glass Vaults - Set sail
Glass Vaults - New space - No Modest Bear


From glorious Wellington, New Zealand, it’s GLASS VAULTS and a gorgeous, fluffy track called “Forget Me Not” for today’s SOTD. If you dig it, you can pick up the entire EP on their Bandcamp page HERE. Upon my first listen I can’t say I was floored, but suddenly the song stayed with me for days, a forget me not indeed. Glass Vaults consist of Rowan Pierce and Richard Larsen and apparently the record was recorded on Rowan’s grandmother’s farm, and you hear this grand space in the finished product. The entire EP will take you on an escape.

SONG OF THE DAY: Glass Vaults “Forget Me Not“ -

"The Stranger Review"

What kind of EP opens with drowsy, ebbing post-rock guitar, and closes with an after-sundown spin on Feels-era Animal Collective? The Glass EP from New Zealand duo Glass Vaults (another one of those acts with a bandcamp page, free downloads, and their own self-generating hype machine) is one such release. Glass Vaults’ sound is fairly distinct, but not without its allusions to the day’s dominant trends.
Texturally, these dudes prefer to keep things washy and hazy—the percussion pops and pulses with pronounced clarity over a sea of less distinct aural miasma. Most of the instrumentation is, essentially, atmospheric, and the melodic focus is placed firmly on the vocals. Lyrically, Glass Vaults are disciples of the Panda Bear “fortune cookie/mantra” model, where one or two phrases are privileged with carrying the thematic and tonal weight of the entire song.

This lyrical philosophy is in keeping with the EP’s overriding sense of economy. I’m reminded, at times, of The xx’s revelatory sparseness. The Glass EP is totally uncluttered and deliberate; the band resists the urge to “tropicalize” their songs, or slather them with gobs of processed VST-synth cheese so they sound more like the music of their peers. If blog darlings Bathcrones are The Blue Lagoon (no snark, I seriously can’t get the band’s “Damselfly” out of my head), then Glass Vaults are The Mosquito Coast. In other words, Glass Vaults evoke the paranoid, fucked-up version of the whole marooned-on-a-tropical-island shtick—where sad-sacky mourning (“it’s over, it’s over, it’s over” and “I hope you’re happy”) give way to creeping insanity.

Overall, the band’s knack for twinkling ambience and club-ready beats makes them instantly attractive, but it’s their instinct for necessity and restraint that really makes them, to my ears, a cut above. And when their music’s as free as the air we breathe, everyone wins. I must say, I’m really stoked to be seeing this bandcamp thing take off—it looks like a pretty effective post-myspace promotional model for young and unknown bands, and it’s certainly not hard on bloggers. Thing is, I’d totally pay for this Glass EP. Hit me up when you get some vinyl, bros. In the meantime, hop over to their bandcamp page for a free DL and see if I’m not getting a little too swept up in these dark, sparing sounds. - The Stranger

"New Dust Review"

Excited would be an understatement if used to describe my feelings towards New Zealand based two-piece Glass Vaults and the release of their first release, Glass EP. If there was ever a splash to be made, I think these guys have the potential of unleashing a sumo-wrestler-worthy cannon-ball-soak-fest upon the indie music realm. Hyperbole? Maybe. But for a freshman release, Glass EP is just as lush and fully-realized as any other out there from groups that have been doing it for years. It’s atmospheric, warm, ethereal, perfectly organic, and has vocals that are worthy of being compared to Mr. Thom Yorke himself. I highly recommend you head over to their bandcamp page where you can stream the album in its entirety and download it for free.

And be sure to preorder your copy of the limited edition colored 12? at the JUKBOXR Records site before its November 1st release date. -

"I Guess Im Floating Review"

ew Zealand continues to impress with solid music, after delivering The Ruby Suns, Signer, and Phoenix Foundation the small Pacific Island has more aural deliciousness to offer. Glass Vaults is the two-man project of Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, crafting elegant synth sounds perfect for rendezvous on moonlit shorelines:

The debut EP is full of echoes and glitchy sounds that could soundtrack an alien abduction – the chill kind, sans invasive probes. Driving all of the diaphanous sound is a rhythmic beat intermittently thumping along, with shades of Animal Collective-esque composition mixed with vocals that lull in a manner similar to Thom Yorke’s. Of course, one of the greatest things about Glass Vaults lies within the fact you can snag their debut EP for FREE on Bandcamp.

If you’re down with these sounds and want to show your support, the Glass EP is also being released in very limited quantities on vinyl soon — preorder it from JUKBOXR. If you like what you hear, watch some eerie videos and grab more info from their MySpace. -


Glass EP (2010, Sonorous Circle, Jukboxr)
Into Clear EP (TBR 2011, Waaga)



Wellington band, Glass Vaults, make emotive music that has been described as post-ambient and glacial pop. Their live show takes the spaciousness and melodic clarity of their recorded work and stretches it into wall of sound environments moving through lush, fully realised universes of textural sound with equal premiums on vocal and melodic clarity.

Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce are the two founding members of Glass Vaults,and both grew up in the Manawatu, located in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Pierce grew up surrounded in the tradition of his Scottish heritage, which helped him to develop an appreciation for the immersive drone of the pipes and the clattering rhythms of the drums. Larsen’s first experiences in music came from experimentation with writing and playing music from a young age. Both then moved to Wellington for university where they met and began developing aural architecture with melody and arrangement. Whilst Larsen and Pierce are the core songwriters and performers in Glass Vaults, they also work extensively with Bevan Smith (Signer, Over the Atlantic and The Ruby Suns) in production and live performance.

Glass Vaults are best known for their succinctly titled Glass EP, which gained international acknowledgment throughout the blogospheres in 2010. The Glass EP was recorded on Pierce’s grandmothers farm in March 2010. They then teamed up with Smith who produced the recordings into a finished form, which was released digitally and on a limited edition 12inch vinyl through American independent label Jukboxr. Notably, the record appeared as Insound’s track of the week, charted in the top 50 on Hype Machine and was the only EP on Einstein Music Journals top 20 of 2010. The bands song, New Space also sat at number 1 on Radioactive’s Top 11 for 3 weeks.

In the later half of 2011 Glass Vaults will be touring nationally co-headlining with fellow Sonorous Circle artists Seth Frightening as well as joining Family Cactus for various dates on their national tour. They will also unveil a new 6 track release, Into Clear, through US label Waaga in preparation for international touring and a full length debut early in 2012.

Glass Vaults current live band is Rowan Pierce, Richard Larsen, Bevan Smith and Reece McNaughton.