In these times of loneliness and constant separation, introspection can help us to reflect on the nature of our feelings. On their newest album, Down Through, out via Other People Records, Gleemer try to give voice to their inner self.
“This record is intended more for the intimate side of being alive,” vocalist and guitarist Corey Coffman says. “I hope it inspires people to consider their personal relationships, losses, and accomplishments, and reflect on what matters to them.”
“This record was inspired in a lot of ways by my observations,” Coffman continues. “Often times I don’t really write about what I experience firsthand, but more about things I witness in others or even just in T.V. or books. I kept thinking about how it feels to lay in a cool lawn at the end of an awful day and look up through a tree. It’s sort of pulled from that feeling of surrender, heartache, and calm. There’s a lot packed into little moments like that, and I like to try to untangle those feelings, whether they’re my own or someone else’s.”
Down Through finds Gleemer reaching for new dynamic heights with their shoegaze-influenced sound and their deep, signature sense of atmosphere.
“It’s very important to me that the songs feel how I intend atmospherically,” Coffman explains. “Pretty much every choice I make in songwriting is an attempt to serve a specific feeling. Usually these are hard to describe with words for me, but I like that about it. Some things can only be expressed exactly right with music, and I love that.”
The record definitely captures Gleemer’s evolution, they finally escape and manage to sound more diverse and focused at the same time.
“We spent probably triple the amount of time on this album than we have on other records, and I think that helps,” Coffman says. “More time isn’t always great for me. Sometimes a quick project is necessary, but Charlie [O’Neil, bass and percussion] and I were ready to really sit and scratch our heads with an album. I think it really helped that we all felt very understood by each other, so the methodical process didn’t feel like it was wandering. There was always a point. Additionally, I had to lay down my pride as an engineer and humble myself in a lot of ways for this to work.”
Coffman, a successful producer and engineer in his own right, collaborated with engineer Will Yip to hone the delicate balance between fuzz-drenched catharsis and sombre atmospherics that defines Gleemer’s music, bringing Coffman’s melodies to the forefront along with Yip’s signature powerhouse drum sound.
“He had a huge effect on the record”, Coffman admits. “Will is one of the most genuine and incredible people making music right now. He pushed us to see ourselves in the best light and brought the very best out of what we gave him to work on.”
“Charlie and I feel very satisfied with this release. In a lot of ways, it’s what the band has been mounting towards. We felt really seen by Will, and his vision helped us accomplish what we’ve been reaching for, for quite a while – both emotionally and sonically.”