Glorie is a five piece band formed in Memphis in 2009. Led by Jason Paxton, their specialty is instrumental music that draws from numerous influences including rock, ambient and classical. Their self titled debut album was released in 2011 and now the band returns with a new EP, the stunningly good Falling.
I listen to a lot of instrumental music, from electronic artists to post-rock and straight up instrumental rock and Glorie's music instantly separates itself from the pack. What stands out immediately on Falling is the prominence of the string section. It is lush and the melodies are gorgeous from start to finish. Three additional violinists were utilized on the EP and combined with band member Jonathan Kirkscey's work on the cello, it is as if a full orchestra accompanies Glorie on every song. The sound is just that rich.
Paxton's piano and keyboard lines often carry the melody along with the strings, particularly on the tracks "Sunshine Then Nightmares" and personal favorite "Run Away". The strings on "Smoke" will tug at your heartstrings and closing track "The Lotus" highlights the impressive drumming of Andrew Saunders. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the remaining band members, Robert Brimhall on bass and Jeff Hulett on vibes and bass, as music this well executed requires all members of the band to be at the top of their craft. Falling isn't just one of the best pieces of instrumental music I have heard in awhile, it's one of my favorite releases of 2013 so far. Highly recommended.
Falling was self-released March 6, 2013.