The Garden Dream (CD)


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At 21 years of age, Ella Smoker has gotten pretty good at decoding her dreams. Raised on everything from rockabilly and soul to MTV-era emo, the London-born songwriter knew that she was drawn to music that offered a sense of safety, a feeling of being held within the layers of detailed instrumentation. But when she tried to write herself, she wasn’t quite sure how to conjure this sense of comfort, to make music that could adequately deal with the issues bothering her subconsciousness at night.

“At the time I was 17, going out all the time, bunking school, always on the lash, feeling really rubbish about myself’, she says. “I think that's what helped with writing a song I liked for the first time — I just started being honest. It was basically just me pouring my misery into a song, and that's why I called myself gglum. At the time, I was just being all angsty teenager”.

That early expression of truth turned into 2020’s viral pandemic-era hit Why Don’t I Care, beginning the journey that would lead gglum to Secretly Canadian. Inspired by the likes of Alex G, Phil Elverum and Adrianne Lenker, gglum’s music positions Smoker as an artist who can wield atmospheric disturbance at her fingertips, crafting soundscapes that allow her to reconcile with a tumultuous coming-of-age. With flickers of electronica, dream pop and discordant garage-punk, her acoustic guitar becomes a sturdy ally, the base of a versatile, lo-fi sound that manages to feel simultaneously escapist and immersive.


1. With You
3. Late
4. Pruning 1
5. Pruning 2
6. Easy Fun
7. Glue
8. Second Best
9. He Laid His 97's Neatly By The Door 
10. Honeybee 
11. Do You See Me Different? 
12. Eating Rust
13. The Garden Dream

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