REVIEW: Cereal Glyphs – S/T

I write this in the last days of the summer, with the warm air slowly subsiding giving way to cooler weather, and that distant winter sun that chills the heart and dulls the air. Released mid-October, Cereal Glyphs’ titular debut album feels like the sun on your face and adventure in your future, no matter how long the night runs. Louisville’s answer to Ty Segall or Tame Impala, Cereal Glyphs offer that kind of madly chillaxing 90’s alt jam goodness that just makes you want to jump your bike off of a ramp or swing off of a rope swing into a lake with your friends. This is the lazy river of music, like an eternal summer twilight at that hour when you are worn out from too many good times, snuggled away in the car, listening to your favorite songs. Clearly then I find this evocative of a certain time and place, one that involves youthful misadventure.

Released by auralgamiSOUNDS, a label seemingly hellbent on bringing the best most interesting music to light, Cereal Glyphs came as a bit of a revelation. They came out of nowhere with an album that is entirely a slam dunk. Hooks are second nature for singer songwriter Andy Myers, who handled every instrument, sings, and self-recorded the entire thing. His is the kind of talent that renders jealously in his contemporaries, not for any particular skill set, but in being able to make music that sounds so very effortless and natural. The real magic here is in making this appear to be so easy, like any of us can just snatch a guitar and a drum kit and hammer out fun garage rock tunes that sounds like they were culled from some obscure comp from the 60’s. This a blast to listen to and makes you regret that the winter is coming; you can’t crank the sound up on your stereo full tilt and drive a little too fast down the street with the sun on your back for at least six months and that’s the only real drag here.

The production is ragged in all the right ways. The mastering work was done by Paul Oldham and it sounds like it was well put together, like those frayed corners are left in for effect. It’s that DIY sound that makes it seem so approachable, the girl next door of bands, inviting and un-intimidating. This is easy to listen to and well worth your time to do so. Listen below and soak in the last days of the summer sun here.