Glasser is the one-woman orchestra of Cameron Mesirow, the latest addition to the growing roster of True Panther Sounds artists, joining the likes of Delorean, Girls and Magic Kids on the New York based label, which is now also operating from London.
Glasser entered public consciousness in 2009 with her debut EP, Apply and UK-only 12" Tremel on the Young Turks label. The intimate, luxurious music resonated widely, despite being made alone by Cameron, between airplanes and shoe stores, on Garage Band software. Her EPs and live shows earned her attention from Fever Ray and Blonde Redhead producers Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (who co-produced a few tracks and the transitions on this album) and opening tour slots with Delorean, Jónsi, and The XX.
In Glasser there exists both the optimism of a woman captivated by creation and travel, as well as the anxiety that accompanies nomadism and change. Of this duality, the New York Times said "these are beautiful songs, both sweet and abstract, deeply felt and anodyne." Somehow, in Glasser's efforts to make sense of her world, she has made an album with the universal lure of both a lullaby and a hymn.
With Ring, Cameron worked to re-imagine her musical arrangements and incorporate a wide array of organic percussion into her once-sparse recordings. Her simple, minimal melodies and rapturous vocals are perfectly complimented by the album's maximalist arrangements. The voice becomes a focal instrument, delivering abstract stories and sounds that drench the music in emotion without resorting to narrative clichés.
Ring is named for its chiastic, or "ring", structure, used in ancient literature, which Cameron became fascinated with while reading Homer's Odyssey. In it, ideas are paired in a symmetrical order, often leading bi-directionally toward a central idea. Cameron structured Ring similarly, with no set beginning or end, with its songs representing fluctuating and often contradictory emotional states with the idea of it being viewed as a singular, cyclical piece.
Following the tour supports of 2010, Glasser is set for a headline tour the UK and Europe later this year.