Live Concert Photography: Glamglare Presents: Blonde Maze with Jon Prezant Letters to Nepal and Lillet Blanc at The Delancey 2/11/17
Founded by married duo Oliver Bouchard and Elke Nominikat, the indie blog Glamglare.com can trace their origins of their blog Glamglare.com to a mutual love of music; in fact, when the duo met in Munich, Germany in the 90s, they bonded over a mutual appreciation of Lisa Stansfield‘s fantastic breakout hit “All Around The World.” While in Munich, they put on shows and mined their local scene for the next cool thing; however, by the 2000s, Bouchard and Nominikat relocated to New York, where they quickly discovered a vital and crowded music scene, that they began blogging about in 2001 — although Glamgare was stated in 2014 as a way to promote and champion the artists they loved.
(Seriously, this was a great fucking song.)
Since they started Glamgare, Nominikat and Bouchard have hosted a continuing series of showcases featuring a variety of local artists across a diverse array of genres — and earlier this month, they hosted a dream pop showcase featuring JOVM mainstay artist Blonde Maze, as well as locally-based artists Lillet Blanc, Letters to Nepal and Jon Prezant at The Delancey. Check out photos from the show below.
Opening the night was Lillet Blanc, the Brooklyn-based dream pop project of Emily Rawlings and Sean Camargo. Live, the duo adds Andrea Caccese to flesh out their sound.
Letters to Nepal is a Brooklyn-based experimental, electro pop duo, that moved from Siberia to the US in 2012 to record their full-length debut RAW, an album produced by Sean Roux, who has worked with Deftones, Primus, Metallica and Santana. But over the past couple of years, the duo has seen a growing national and international profile for a sound that’s influenced by Sigur Ros, James Blake, Samaris, Odesza, Zola Jesus, London Grammar, and CHVRCHES and have played in clubs across New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Boston, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Estonia, as well as 2014’s and 2015’s CMJ Festival, the Play Diem Festival, the Make Music New York Festival, Brooklyn Electropopfest and SOFAR Sounds NY. The duo have also seen airplay and praise from WBAI, First Live Radio, Radio Free Brooklyn, WEMF, THE BIRN and others. Adding to a growing profile, the duo released their sophomore effort LUX last year, an effort, which further cements the duo’s reputation for crafting atmospheric electro pop in which ethereal vocals are paired with chilly, industrial-like beats, theremin and other instrumentation.
Headlining the night was the New York-based electronic music artist and JOVM mainstay Amanda Steckler, best known as Blonde Maze. Over the past couple of years, Steckler has received growing attention for crafting slow-burning and atmospheric electro pop, which typically focuses on longing for a lover, who is half a world away. However, her latest single “Antarctica” reveals an expansion of the sound that caught my attention and the rest of the blogosphere, as the song consists of a house music-leaning production featuring layers of arpeggio synths, marimbas, cut and chopped vocal samples, stuttering and skittering drum programming paired with Steckler’s tender and aching cooing. And during her set, she played “Antarctica,” a few other blogosphere attention grabbing singles and some newer material.