We are broken, but not beyond repair. We are fallen, but not out of reach. We are sick, but not without a cure. We walk through darkness, but our fingers grope the walls for a switch. There will be light.
In the midst of the fog, we will reach out and find an open hand. While the world falls down around us, we will look up and see a thin slant of hope peering through the clouds. As the music swells and crashes, a soft chord will ring out. There will be a voice whispering, “Fear not,” amid the chaos. We will find peace. We will be still.
And we will sing, “Hallelujah.”
Glass America began in 2008 with a vision of rejecting the formulaic structures and textures that typify much of Post-rock. Members John Mirisola, Micah Wilson, Michael Foye, and Jared Deame wanted to create an original sound that encapsulated the best of ambient, instrumental music without succumbing to its clichés or being limited by what has come to be expected. Hailing from Wenham, Massachusetts - a small seaside town just north of Boston - Glass America is a mostly instrumental band that relies heavily on the sonic demeanor of the music to push the motifs of their sound.
“We try to limit the use of vocals because lyrics often times dictate to the listener how they’re supposed to feel,” says guitarist and lead vocalist, Jared Deame. “I think that one of the most important aspects of good art is engaging the listener to the point where they will have a very difficult time taking a passive role in the process.”
Glass America signed with Boston-based Driven Records in 2008 and has recently released their debut album, Redivivus, on the label. The record focuses on hope in the midst of darkness and pain. Says guitarist John Mirisola, “The biggest theme to the album, and indeed, the biggest theme in any of our lives, is that there is hope, whatever the circumstance. There is a major chord, even after a whole song in a minor key.” Redivivus crystallizes the band’s first year together and points in the direction of their future.