Premiere: Glass Armour – ‘Wishful’
Time to wind down the day with something exquisite and classy courtesy of Glass Armour.
Those of you who’ve been around the bowl for longer than a couple of years now will remember we covered a two-piece ensemble from the Canadian cold called The Visit. And those of you who were regular visitors to our weekly Sunday Sesh column a year or so ago will remember I further sung the praises of their cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and his work in Kamancello, a separate metal-adjacent project where he combined his percussive shreddy style with Iranian Shahriyar Jamshidi, who plays a traditional stringed instrument called a Kamanche. The result was some of the most stunning string soundscapes you’ll ever hear. If you enjoy when bands dabble in a harmonic minor key or take you tapping on a wild phrygian lead, then you need to make sure you check that linked post (there’s also a non-metal Riff-Raff episode recorded featuring a cut from their 2019 release which I’ll upload sometime soon).
However, today we’re pleased to present the first music from another project of Raphael’s, this time a partnership with long-time collaborator Dean Watson. Glass Armour combines Raphael’s skills on cello, hammered dulcimer, guitar/bass, percussion, and synths with Dan’s as a fellow multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer/producer. The result is a unique amalgam of classical, rock, and electronic music. The track we’re premiering today is titled “Wishful” and would run well on a playlist with some thoughtful introspective post-metal such as Russian Circles, Sunset In The 12th House, or perhaps Dumbsaint. The accompanying video was created by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu, who has recently done music videos for Opeth and Soen (among others). After hearing the stirring tones of “Wishful,” I’m eager to hear more of what this new project can offer.