Exposé Online banner

Glutton — Outliers
(Apollon Records ARP010, 2017, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-12-15

Outliers Cover art

When a new album arrives and you know absolutely nothing about the artist, it’s a very different experience than a new album by someone you’re familiar with. You can never escape some type of expectations with musicians whose work you already know. From the promotional materials, I knew Glutton is a band from Oslo that’s labeled “post-prog,” this is their second full-length album, and it’s on Apollon, which, judging from past experience, means it’s very likely to be good. “Post-prog” is not a word that means much to me (and I’m not especially keen on genre labels anyway), so I just queue it up and listen. Just under 47 minutes of music is divided into 14 relatively short tracks, which turns out to give the false impression that Glutton works with short song structures. In fact, many of the tracks proceed without breaks, creating continuous suites of greater duration. A more accurate representation would probably be three tracks, one taking up the entirety of the LP’s Side A (roughly 20 minutes), and then two tracks about 13 minutes to make up Side B. The style is accessible and melodic, with good vocals, prominent keyboards, varied guitar playing, and interesting rhythmic structures. This is good, solid progressive rock, not really in either the symphonic or the avant category, but straddling the two. One thing there isn’t is any hint of metal influence — the heavier moments lack the kind of aggressive guitar tone favored by that crowd, opting for a more natural, old-school type of distortion. There are times when the guitar and/or keyboard is playing the kind of line you might hear in a math-rock band, but it’s coupled with a friendly melody that’s more akin to more mainstream styles. All in all, it’s an appealing mixture that has stood up to repeated listening, and prompted me to investigate their earlier releases, which are available on their Bandcamp page — in fact two of the suites on this album were released as EPs there.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Glutton

More info
http://www.apollonrecords.no/product-page/glutton-outliers-cd

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mani Neumeier & Peter Hollinger - Meet the the Demons of Bali – Wooaah, wait a minute, hold the phone, and just a cottin' pickin'... Mani has really done something different here! Some may remember the Privat CD reviewed last time. There, he took on every...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues