Glass Pear is the music of Yestyn Griffiths, a Welsh born singer/songwriter who specializes in breezy, harmonic pop music, instantly catchy, yet anything but light weight. The younger brother of singer Jem, Yestyn co-wrote songs for her first two albums before taking a go at a career as a solo artist. His music quickly caught on with numerous television producers and music supervisors and has been featured on 90210, Grey's Anatomy and Bones just to name a few shows.
The first full length Glass Pear album came in 2009 with Streets Of Love, released on his own label, WOL Records. Griffiths has managed to sell well over 30,000 downloads without any label backing at all, the power that an independent artist who knows to manage their career correctly can wield in this day and age of the music business.
His second album, the self-titled Glass Pear, was released in late December 2011 but is still being pushed with the Dizzy EP released in April of this year as a sampler of the full length. Griffiths excels at writing three to four minute pop songs and lists everyone from Jeff Buckley and The Beatles to earlier Coldplay as influences. Starting with the acoustic based "One Day Soon", complete with swooning vocal harmonies, it's a nearly 40 minute trip of upbeat tunes.
There's the bouncy piano of "Dizzy" and arena rock of "Planet Earth" and what sticks out is the diversity of the music here. "Love Is All I Need" is a wonderfully melodic pop/rock song while personal favorite "Grace" is a moody, atmospheric rock track. There are also a few first class ballads including "Closer" and the beautiful piano and vocal closer "Eternal".
Most impressive about Glass Pear is how sweetly sentimental so much of the subject matter is without falling into sappy land. There is a charming optimism towards love that is all too often missing in this day and age and Griffiths pulls it off. Varied and challenging, yet completely accessible, Glass Pear is delivering top notch indie pop music.
Glass Pear was released December 6, 2011 on WOL Records. The Dizzy EP was released April 1, 2012 as a free download via Bandcamp.