beauty is the end – “The Glass Wall”


“The Glass Wall” is an impressive track from duo beauty is the end, comprised of Clinton Degan and drummer Cullen Corley. Its seven-minute length features an eclectic array of styles, from soaring prog-rock and lush sophisti-pop to hypnotic house. Buzzing synths and vibrant, emotive vocal presence play well throughout the intro. A theatrical vocal rise around 02:07, with guitars and lush synths intermingling beautifully, pushes forward. Heavy smatterings of guitar approaching the four-minute mark exude a fun sort of ’80s nostalgia. “The Glass Wall” is a consuming track from beauty is the end, certainly a promising project.

“This song came about from five days of furtive work back in May when the pandemic was still young,” Degan says. “I was interested in combining odd-meter and my own progressive-pop heritage with some drum and bass rhythm patterns and timbres. Lyrically, I found inspiration in the idea of the “alien”, the othering of the people around us, climate change, and our increasingly rapid devolution into a trans-apocalyptic landscape.”

“The Glass Wall” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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