New Sounds: Winter is here as Glacier pummel with deliberate, forceful measure



Studio 52 is a community artist space located in the heart of Allston, and is proud to support the Boston music scene and local artist community.

Earlier this week, in advance of the new seventh season of Game Of Thrones, all your friends made sure to warn you that, yes, indeed, winter is coming. Today, in the dreadful high point of summer, Glacier are here with more urgent news: Winter is actually already here.

The instrumental Boston post-rock quintet — perhaps the most appropriately-named band in town — are slowly drifting towards O’Brien’s Pub in Allston with not only a show tonight (July 21), but also deliberate momentum created by their latest release: A two-song, 28-minute slow burner of a record with a title that would make George R. R. Martin blush.


The double-A side release posits its two song titles against each other like large masses of ice, designed to be digested both from afar and dangerously up close. The record, released digitally earlier this month and melting to vinyl this fall, begins with “Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow”, a mountainous ridge work of guitars and unbridled caution, enhanced by a spoken word clip that may or may not be emanating from one’s own mental desolation. After 13 minutes, the “opener” gives way to the flip, “Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool”, a slightly more dramatic, almost ambient post-rock crusher that would be suffocating in its cloak of musical breadth if not for a quick and necessary breather in the middle.

It’s usually around this section of a New Sounds post where we include a quote from the band, but Glacier seem to be one of those ensembles that speak volumes through their music. “The new tracks are the most focused and powerful songs the band has written,” states Glacier’s bio, “and are the clearest representation of what they’ve set out to do from the beginning of the band.”

The atmosphere is here is rather bleak, but then again, so is winter. Listen to both tracks — recommended to be experienced as a whole, along a journey, at maximum volume — via Glacier’s Bandcamp below. Details on tonight’s show after the thaw.