[NEW RELEASES]GLEN CHECK
So it is no surprise that Glen Check’s latest, “Youth!,” is also the group’s best to date. The album opens with the brooding, soundtrack-like instrumental “The Match Open,” before segueing into the album’s lead-off single, the very OK Go-esque “Pacific.” “Pacific” is a bright, cheerful dance tune that highlights what the group does best, as is the next song, “Summer Hearts.”
But, for me, the clear winner on this album is “Paint It Gold,” a fun and driving single that hopefully will not be co-opted by an advertising campaign too soon.
With all their songs featuring English lyrics, Glen Check is a very accessible act for Western audiences, and as they are about to embark on a North American tour as part of the Seoul Sonic line-up heading to SXSW, this could be the year that Glen Check rises firmly into the mainstream.
By Mark Russell, culture editor