March 26, 2013

LP: Globelamp - Globelamp

Globelamp proves how underrated a girl and her guitar can be.

In December of 2011, Elizabeth Fey of Olympia noise-pop band Meowtain created seven tracks under the project Globelamp. With the exception of a few isolated songs on her soundcloud, we have yet to hear any releases from her under that name since (she's touring with Foxygen right now). I often listen to Globelamp when winter weighs down on me and I need something downright beautiful to listen to. Yes, I said it, downright beautiful. Globelamp is the polar opposite of Meowtain – unhurried, dreamy, like some type of unearthly portal to a make believe land. It is essentially just a girl and her guitar, but this album proves how underrated that can be. Some songs are ethereal and hazy, while others are straightforward and sharp. But what I love most is how each track has the ability to transport listeners back to the natural world. It's nice to imagine that Fey recorded this tucked away in a forest off the grid, even if that's not the case.

Airy anti-folk song "Gypsies Lost" in particular starts off the album with visions of desert lands and winter frost. This track entrances me in a way that brings to mind a sweeter Courtney Love or moonlit campfires or maybe both. I especially liked (and could relate to) a line in the second to last verse "to be born again in spring / we're all born again in spring." This didn't strike me as a love song but a nostalgic one about the past. While Fey might not be the most direct about it, she does sing about love and lack thereof in "Invisible Prisms" and "Sparks." With "Invisible Prisms," Fey addressed under appreciation and the struggle of letting go. On the other hand, bright-eyed track "Sparks" is about the fire of fate, and even makes an overt reference to Bukowski. 

Distortion is the most pervasive on noisy track "Warrior Heart" where Fey's echoing vocals layer upon heavy guitars, melting into warm chaos. Whereas other songs sharpened a mood that was haunting and poignant all at once. For example second track "Crystal," which incorporated piano, had a tip-toeing energy that reappeared in the tick-tock-tick-tock chorus of lower-pitched song "Crocodile." Something similar can be said for "Wolf" a mysterious track drowned out by dark chords. Fingers crossed that Fey will put out something more. Until then, we have this and it may never get old.


Download Globelamp on bandcamp.

Written by Diana Cirullo