“Glinter” is a new, limited full-length from Scott Cortez’ long-running shoegaze/drone unit, lovesliescrushing. The album consists of three 20+ minute pieces, all of which focus on radiant, slowly evolving guitar-based drones. Cortez is surely adept at what he does, sculpting cavernous, angelic instrumentals from an array of vintage stompboxes. In an era of boutique pedals that seem to cater towards the every need of ambient guitarists (for better or worse), Cortez’ sound is anachronistic and all the better for it. I suppose he could be using a Timeline or an El Capistan, but from the sound of it its more likely that he’s working with duct-taped DFX-94 and a Midiverb. As always with lovesliescrushing material, the most affecting pieces here are the ones in which Melissa Arpin-Duimstra contributes her angelic vocals to Cortez’ cascading waves of sound. The label says this album contains “perfect, dreamy summer drones,” and I for one can’t argue against that in the least. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia
two years I went to the Big Buddha near Phuket, Thailand. while I was there there was a stall selling a whole bunch of food and drink (including ice cream sandwiches that were actual literal ice cream sandwiches, but that’s a story for another time). I saw these, and just randomly decided to buy one. I soon realized that it was the most amazing fucking drink I have ever tasted, it was like fizzy peach fairies dancing in my mouth holy shit. it was so extremely peachy and sweet and omg. however, it didn’t occur to me then to remember what the name of the drink was. I got to Bangkok the next day and went to a few corner shops hoping to find it again. nothing. I went home disappointed, wondering what this mystery drink was and where I could find it.
a year later, back to Bangkok, Thailand (and Siem Reap in Cambodia) every time I saw a corner shop I’d slip in and check for this drink. again, nothing. I gave up. I thought that perhaps it was unique to Phuket, and I would never be able to find it anywhere else.
one year after that and I returned to South East Asia. my trip was to be Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Yangon in Myanmar (or Burma, whichever name you prefer), and finally back to Bangkok. when in Vietnam I went on a day trip to the Mekong Delta, and on the way we took a short rest stop in a small cafe. I looked in the fridge full of cans of drinks, hoping to see some diet coke or at least a pepsi max, when suddenly I saw them. clear cans with pictures of fruit on them, filled with a colourless carbonated liquid. I had found it at last!!! so I bought 4 cans.
I found even more in a coffee shop in Burma, of all places.
and that is the story of my three year obsession with Glinter soft drink.