The muted energy of “You’re Not Real” bubbles with an expectation left intentionally unfulfilled, leaving the listener hanging on every aloof phrase and bitter chord. The shallow rising action underlines an intensity Gláss has been able mine from the early days of post-punk, recalling luminaries like the Jesus and Mary Chain and For Against.
The recent transplants from Greenville to Athens bring a visceral darkness to the Classic City, delivered with a clinical attention to detail. They wield their instruments like medical implements, sharp and steely with cold precision. Yet despite the detached sound, “You’re Not Real” remains relatable. Filled with themes of loss and despair familiar to even the most optimistic person, the track’s success lies in its colloquial nature. Check it out below.
Gláss will follow up the single with the release of their debut LP, Accent, on February 5, due out via Post-Echo. Until then, “You’re Not Real” is sufficiently sinister to keep us in a frigid trance for the next month.