ABOVE: GLASSER IN NEW YORK, OCTOBER 2013. STYLING: ELIN SVAHN DRESS AND SHOES: MARC JACOBS.
Cameron Mesirow’s longtime desire to understand her identity—both independently and in relation to the places that surround her—has come to shape her life. It is this streak of wanderlust that prompted the 30-year-old singer and musician to move from California to New York, where she currently resides. It also fueled the playful subversion of electronic instrumentation and experimental rhythms of Interiors (True Panther), her second album under the banner of the electro-pop act Glasser.
“On my last tour, I moved through just scads of spaces,” Mesirow says on a sunny afternoon in Washington Square Park, smiling into the October sunlight through her neon orange shades. “I mean, I went through so many doorways and looked out so many windows and crossed a lot of thresholds … It was such a transient feeling and it created this personal sort of urgency to know myself well enough to feel at home wherever I am.”
Interiors is Mesirow’s internal and external inventory of sorts, an uneasy confessional about mercurial relationships and a conversation about architecture both literal and figurative. Her husky, lilting voice and arrhythmic, unhurried delivery—both of which have gleaned constant comparisons to Björk—meander through such runic declaratives as “My home has no shape, nothing to sustain me / But it keeps me safe from imagined pain,” (“Shape”) and “The edge of your skin is a cliff over my heart / Where do they come apart?” (“Landscape”). Ponderous synths and unpredictable percussion clash and cohere with orchestral strings, found sounds, and pentatonic tones; a slight post-punk edge comes courtesy of producer Van Rivers (Blonde Redhead—and also Mesirow’s boyfriend). “I treated [the record] very much like life-and-death decisions,” she says. “Now that it’s out, I feel like I want to go back in the studio and do more. I have more to give!” Mesirow is well-versed in artistic temperaments, as both of her parents are musicians—in fact, her father performs with the Blue Man Group’s Berlin troupe. “I also recognize how incredibly limiting language can be in terms of truly expressing something,” she says. “Sensations are infinite, and the words are so limiting.”
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