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Glass Mountain – ‘Glacial’ – EP Review

What comes to mind when you think of Bradford? It’s fair to say the town has fell victim to austerity in the city and political adversity divides the city. 

Perhaps it’s fair to say that the Northern city is an unlikely setting for such a stunning debut EP. However, Bradford quartet Glass Mountain, who are named after a David Hockney sketch, have achieved this.

Opening and lead track ‘Glacial’ is a bold statement from the Glass Mountain. Through almost seven minutes of soaring alt rock arrangements Glass Mountain reach anthemic peaks, to which frontman Harry Hanson yelps “can you crave me like I crave you”. Yet ‘Glacial’ remains raw at times, with Hanson’s confessional lyrics ensuring that the song remains rather personal. The song does feel rather special and Glass Mountain have etched something beautiful in a city of adversity.

The other four tracks are equally as compelling. ‘Birds in our Hearts’ boasts folky qualities until morphing into a more urgent rock sound. ‘Over Thinking’ is confessional, which Hanson states “at least my pen and paper don’t judge me” over acoustic grooves.

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Glass Mountain have made art that they should be particularly proud of. It’s clear they’re doing something right by attaining the attention of BBC introducing in West Yorkshire. It will be a mountainous journey for the band to climb to achieve success, however judging by the quality of the Glacial EP, Glass Mountain are definitely prepared for their ascent.

You can catch Glass Mountain this Friday at the 360 Club in Leeds at their EP launch show.