Glass Sands – “She Hangs on the Western Wall”


“She Hangs on the Western Wall” is among many standouts on Better Than Life, the new album from London-based project Glass Sands. Glass Sands showcases the songwriting of founding member Chris Shackleton, audibly touting influences spanning from hypnotic krautrock and post-rock to ’90s alternative and psychedelic pop. “She Hangs on the Western Wall” is a consuming representation of the album’s penchant for intricate, evolving build-ups. This particular track oozes with a hypnotic krautrock fervor. The repeating lure of rhythm section and clanking guitars adorn understated vocals to start, escalating with a howling emotion approaching the two-minute mark. The track’s second half dazzles with overlapping vocal layers and twinkling guitar lines, feeling reminiscent of Radiohead. Guitars and synths converge around the four-minute mark, leading a rousing finale.

Stream the entirety of Better Than Life below:

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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