I’m gonna start right off by saying Glim Dropper’s The Last Days Of Analog won’t be leaving my short rotation list any time in the foreseeable future. They have quickly gained my loyal fandom by appealing to me on three very distinct fronts, as explained below:
1.) The “Rock So Good I Make Faces” Factor.
This comes into play heavily on the title track “The Last Days Of Analog” and “March” which both dare you to just sit there – if you don’t chair-dance at least a little, check your pulse. In fact, after this sentence, stop reading and listen to at least one of these songs…
OK, you’re back. Seriously, am I right? I am. See? I told you so.
Now this trio of Philly artists isn’t just good, straight up rock with melodic hooks… No, no, no. They also score high marks on what I call:
2.) The “Goldilocks” Scale.
This is really that middle ground where it’s not too laid back, not too heavy… its juuuuust right. Striking a perfect blend is the brilliant “Williamsport” – the track is so jazzy, and groove-laden it’s such a shame there isn’t a 12 minute version.
This branch of their sound is the core of everything they do. When they go big, it’s great. And when they dip, they dip WAY down… but this “Goldilocks” rock is where Glim Dropper shows off their influences, and infuses their own unique flavor into the mix.
3.) The “Wait… What In Sweet Fancy Moses Did I Just Listen To?!” Variable.
Yes, this exactly what it sounds like. As a drummer myself, I tend to focus on rhythms, and this band is not afraid of stepping away from tradition, using everything from the rims of drums and on “Money Soul”, Indian Doumbek drums. But the chemistry is evident, and it seems almost like a split release from several bands. To illustrate the depth and diversity, feast your ears on the super-docile “Mind Over Matter”. As a music fan, it is abundantly clear that these guys are influenced from all across the musical spectrum (though I’ll leave it to you to decide where on the timeline and what styles and bands).
Last Days starts and ends on the same astro-trippy tone, and is up and down the whole way through. To be honest if I were ever to come across someone skeptical enough to believe a band could be classified off of 3 random songs, I would pull this album out as my first argument. “Variety of styles” doesn’t do it justice; nor does “Depth of musical ability”, as it seems too trite and cliché. Nah, the greatest compliment I can give is that this is a band other musicians love sharing with each other.
It’s not one thing or element that makes this band great – it’s everything about this band. Should a member leave, I can’t see it existing with just any other drummer, or guitarist or bassist. Truly a band that, collectively, is so much greater than the sum of its parts, Glim Dropper has good things on the horizon.
So listen, love and then tell 26 of your closest friends. If you only have 5 friends, go join some social club, make new friends, and then share with them the good news of Glim Dropper. They will thank you and immediately assume you are far cooler than you probably are. This is OK; hipsters do it all the time. Just get the word out, kids…