Genre: Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Influences: My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens, Owen Pallett
Years Active: 2018 - Present
Official Website: glassheartstringchoir.com
ABOUT THIS SONG
Call It Dreaming is a recording that came to life by special request from a longtime supporter of the band as a wedding gift to their partner. With delicate piano and sweeping strings, Glass Heart String Choir transform the acoustic guitars and percussion of the Iron & Wine indie-folk hit into a warm, melodic declaration of love’s significance.
CONTACT: Ian Williams, (206) 714-1586
“Light glows with complex luminous colors, supple textures, and a gorgeous liturgical aura.”
“Their music can often bed down deep inside you;
such is its expressive quality.”
Folk Radio UK
“Glass Heart String Choir dwell in a beautiful, humbling darkness. Their honesty strikes the heart
with a fierce blow, beckoning us further into their
world of wonder and woe.”
“...a hearty slice of baroque indie folk that
wonderfully captures the duo’s synergy as
songwriters and performers.”
For Folk's Sake
“In a vast sea of disposable music, every once and a while something comes along that notches out its very own immaculately unique nook.”
Global Texan Chronicles
"...a tsunami of melody...
guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings."
Friends-in-arms reveling at the intersection of classical virtuosity, existential poetics, and art-film surrealism, Seattle art-pop duo Glass Heart String Choir weaves golden lyrical threads of haute-art into their achingly beautiful orchestral tapestry.
Call It Dreaming, a cover of Iron & Wine's indie-folk hit, is the duo's first release of 2022, a recording that came to life by special request from a longtime supporter of the band as a wedding gift to their partner. It seemed only natural to extend the song's affirmation of love to others, a warm invitation in a globally harrowing time.
Their previous single and video, Wounds, is a delicate folk-pop offering reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond. Set within the alluring visuals of Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley, the video finds the duo’s violinist/composer Katie Mosehauer fighting to escape the cyclic burden of psychic wounds and emotional scars.
Directed by Katie, the video finds her attempting to escape the confines of memory, artfully moving through unforgiving landscapes, endlessly looped back to a pool that should be a reprieve from the heat, but is instead a beguiling entrapment. Katie explains, “There are so many emotional spaces that we occupy alone, carrying a burden of psychic wounds and emotional scars that we never speak of to anyone. Music is an important place to give names to those spaces and make them visible to everyone. Wounds creates a world in which anyone who has or is sitting with those lonely emotions will have a friend sitting with them to celebrate the escape, to mourn the setbacks, and to offer a 2’30” reprieve to share that space with someone who understands.”
Their earlier 2021 release, California, is a lyrical tug-of-war between fond recollection, consolation, and sorrow, with vocalist Ian Williams’ sanguine delivery floating upon Mosehauer’s elegant violin melodies and choral soundscapes suggestive of contemporary soundtrack composers Yann Tiersen and Jocelyn Pook. The 100+ string-sections and near-operatic highs of their Light EP are replaced with an airy, Enya-esque choir that haunts the piano-driven bridge, and boldly carries the song forward in its latter half, bringing a soft new dimension to the traditional repertoire.
The California video finds Glass Heart String Choir unraveling the complexities of memories and dreams, where the borders of the real world and the mythical one of our recollections are intertwined, slipping between remembrance and history. Filmed with specialty lenses that accentuate light and refract and reflect the edges of our visual field, the video serves as a metaphor for myth, hallucination, mirage; a cognate of the heart imagined, speculated, remembered, both in stunning detail and hazy, alluring beauty.
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