Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“Made of Glass” by Plain Sails – A Song Feature

     “Made of Glass” is the musical equivalent to ring gold or other compound in which the luster and strength are maximized by the combination, but the contributions of individual elements should not be overlooked. For example, the percussion is consistently strong, then exceptional with the timbre diversity created by the contrast between the low frequency power of the bass drum and the higher frequency, less commanding wood block (at 2:00).
     The early section of the song from Plain Sails elegantly enhances the allure of “clean” guitar using reverberation ringing. Later, the guitars get “dirtier” and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the bass. The processing approach is varied and never predictable.

     The lead and backing vocals are also praiseworthy. The closest comparison is likely early Genesis, when the band was at its vocalization strongest. For us, the comparison to Genesis is most easily defended in the segment that begins at 1:45.

      The attractiveness of “Made of Glass” raised a curiosity as to whether the single has a “cute sibling.”  “All The Lights” is another enjoyable single from Plain Sails. Still, we favor “To the Moon,” probably because the guitar is more consistently energetic and therefore more closely aligned with our personal preferences.  

     The band is based in London. The members of Plain Sails are Andrew Chappell (vocals, guitar), Leigh Greenhough (lead guitar), Andy Tanaka (bass, backing vocals), and Jack Bullock (drums). Their debut EP is scheduled for release in May 2019.

     Plain Sails formed in 2017. During the last year, in addition to releasing singles, the band has played to large crowds in venues such as The Dome, Tufnell Park and The O2 Academy, Islington, supported German band Razz on their first UK tour, headlined a stage at Camden Rocks festival, and embarked on shows outside London, garnering rave reviews from industry tabloids and radio presenters alike. In October, Soho Radio aired a full hours’ feature including interview and airplay of each release. This year, they are set to support Toploader at the O2 Academy in Islington and return to Camden Rocks Festival, with a UK tour planned in early spring.

     “Made of Glass” by Plain Sails 

Website: https://www.plainsails.com/

       “To the Moon” by Plain Sails 

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