During the recording of Close to the Glass, Martin Gretchmann was more the mad-scientist than ever before, standing behind a small mountain of analog modular synths, not only playing but also manipulating the performance of his bandmates as they played. The strong connection and creative trust between band members allowed for the traditional lines between roles to blur more than ever before. With everyone playing anything, the band felt they could take their music anywhere, from sheer noise to kraut-rock beat pocket to arena rock ride out.‚Close to the Glass‚is also full of vocal leaps for Markus Acher, experimenting not only with effects but also with his range, leaving the comforts of his signature style to take this album somewhere new.
Run Run Run is an electronic renovation of a simple blues song, every member of the band manipulating each other‚√≥¬ªs performance. This was the first song created for the album with its blend of classic approach and cutting edge execution, and it would set the tone for the rest of the recording process.
Casino is a perfect display of the self-sampling freedom that went into the recording of‚Close to the Glass. What began as an instrumental by Micha or Andy, was resampled by Martin, then sung on by Markus and played live on tour. But when they went to record it for the album, it felt off until they played it as a band in the sparer final form it has today.
Title: Close To The Glass
Label: Sub Pup
Cat #: SP1074
Format: 12" LP
- Close to the Glass
- Into Another Tune
- From One Wrong Place to the Next
- The Fifth Quarter of the Globe
- Run Run Run
- Steppin' In
- They Follow Me