by Thomas Bedward November 13, 2021
Indie dance and dream pop project of Irish-Iranian singer, songwriter and producer Sam R, Glassio blends elements from Electronica, New Wave and Dance-Pop with Beach Boys-esque harmonies and production textures reminiscent of groups like Air and Massive Attack.
Glassio’s debut single 'Try Much Harder' broke the Spotify Global Viral Charts in early 2016, setting a standard that he's beaten time and time again. A series of successful singles followed in 2017 and 2018, garnering over five million streams cumulatively on Spotify, and bringing Glassio to the top tier of up and coming electronic artists in NYC. They were soon opening for acts like Fujiya and Miyagi, Electric Youth and Miami Horror.
After the project became a solo effort in 2018, Sam R. released the 'Age of Experience' EP, heralded by Mother Jones as "proof that electronic music and great storytelling are a perfect match." The EP has over five million streams across all platforms and features the song 'Back for More', featured on HBO’s 'Here & Now' show. A debut album, 'For The Very Last Time', was released in July of 2020, and was subsequently named one of the best electronic releases from by Bandcamp, and received praise from blogs like Consequence of Sound and Fader.
Titled 'If Love Is All It Takes', Glassio's new single is "an ode to the burnout myself and many of my friends were feeling toward the end of 2020. I wanted to work on something that could address that feeling and be an emblem of hope to people who feel like they are stuck in the same place in life, no matter how much of their heart they put into a given situation.” confides Glassio.
In the coming year, we will see the release of his sophomore record 'See You Shine', a fourteen track album that documents the exodus of a young adult out of a small town that shuns them for their beliefs and into the depths of the deserts of Arizona, looking for a new life in a distant city. The album’s sound marries Glassio’s passion for French-electronic music with American singer-songwriter tropes akin to Jackson Browne, or Wilco.
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