Free Music Friday With Glass Theory And Io Echo
Well, here we are at the end of another week and on the doorstep of another Free Music Friday. The sad news that musician Bob Welch has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound crossed our desks yesterday. It seems as if rock’s royalty is disappearing at an alarming rate these days. As much as we would like to pay each one of them our respects and send them on their way from this world with a fitting tribute, we’re beginning to think that this blog could quickly turn in to an obituary section, something none of us wants. So as much as we can we are going to keep mention of death to a bare minimum and get on with music news for the living. This one’s for Bob.
Today we have two new acts from Los Angeles, which is great because it seems like Brooklyn, NY has dominated Free Music Friday as of late. The first free track is from musician and producer, Jack Duff, aka Glass Theory. This song is “By The Bar” off of his debut EP Hang Up, which releases on July 31st of this year. Our second track is from the debut LP of an LA duo called Io Echo. The track is called “When The Lilies Die” and the album is Ministry Of Love, which releases on September 11th.
Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!
Duff, who grew up studying classical piano and jazz drumming, has built his solo project, Glass Theory, from a variety of inspirations that draw equally from his fascination with 80’s new wave and his affinity for Swedish-pop.
After playing with numerous groups around LA, Duff spent most of 2011 writing and improving his production skills. He explains, “It became obvious which songs were the real sound of what I’ve always wanted my solo project to be. It was a natural progression out of playing drums, sequencing, and co-writing. I think it really prepared me to hone in on my sound and be self-sufficient.”
This is apparent on Hang Up – a six-song collection of electro hybrids infused with strong Top 40 pop hooks. The music is only one aspect of Glass Theory. Duff’s striking personal style and unmistakable panache, which he brings into the project’s aesthetic, is used to augment his music. He says, “I try to not follow trends. I try to be true to how I feel and how I want to portray myself, especially onstage. That has really evolved over the years. It’s now a mixture of high fashion and a dirty, industrial appearance. It makes me feel very primal and really gets me in the mood when I’m performing.”
Here is Glass Theory’s “By The Bar”:
Io Echo is LA-based Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross. Their debut record, Ministry of Love combines grand songs with unique textures such as Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins, the band have created towering tracks with a distinctive sound early listeners have been calling “new orientalism.”
Their unique blend of pop melodies, dark 90’s industrial influences, and far eastern elements caught the attention of early admirers such as Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, and The Big Pink (for whom Leopold also plays bass) who each offered the band recent high-profile support slots on their tours. Perhaps most notably, Io echo were hand picked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails at the band’s last ever tour show.
Io Echo have also recently composed the score to the Harmony Korine + James Franco film Rebel and have written original music for the 2012 feature film Snow White and The Huntsman starring Charlize Theron which they performed in London for the film premiere. Their unique, genre pioneering style, both musical and visual have tastemakers proclaiming them as ones to watch.
Here is Io Echo’s “When The Lilies Die”: