Terrestrial noisemaker Jalal Andre is the architect behind Glorybots’ sci-fi landscapes and cosmic rock riffs. The Seattle-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been dismantling a legion of sounds for well over 20 years, spending a good deal of that time with Washington State indie rockers Echo Texture. And while he found a welcoming haven for his brisk riffs and emotionally driven lyricism within the band, there were times when his creativities led him down stranger and darker avenues of melodic abstraction.
Glorybots is the avenue through which Andre breaks free from the confines of traditional rock arrangements, allowing him to focus more on complex thematic development and the various arts of experimental composition. But Glorybots is less of a solo project and more a hybrid offshoot of the things he was working through in Echo Texture – just a lot weirder and without the responsibility of having to filter these sounds through the experiences of his bandmates. Ragged at times, and evoking the echoes of coarser rock influences, these songs are built from the ruins of countless shadowy pop traditions and the churn of alt-rock’s rhythmic density.
“Servile” is the first single from Glorybots’ sophomore album, which hits the streets in March 2023. With this album, Andre has found a way to include moments of rockier rhythmic uproar while still sticking to a course of musical abandon, letting his instincts guide the trajectory of each song and the subsequent craggy landscapes, which are created and thoroughly excavated.
“’Servile’ is about the struggle of being in a bad relationship and to coming to terms with it… a relationship in which you know, deep down inside, is uneven, fraught with red-flags, and is bad for you,” Andre says. “At the same time, you acknowledge that you need to get out of the relationship to ultimately set you free. And, despite the genuine struggle to eschew this relationship, there is also allusion to the somewhat passive-aggressive nature of leaving that relationship, and the lyrics ultimately play with this dichotomy by adopting a somewhat sarcastic stance in certain phrases.”