Track: Glassmasterer – ‘Trouvaille’: clean, graceful Glaswegian electronica bliss

Lewis Bigham, aka Glassmasterer, photographed by Shane Harrison

IT’S AN interesting name that cool Glasgow electronicist Lewis Bingham has decided to mask up in order to bring his musical creations to the world. Glassmasterer? Er?

Well, we’re told it’s actually taken from an arcane process employed at the very last stages of CD duplication, – a process known as ‘glassmastering’. There, that’s a cool new word you’ll almost never be able to get into a conversation.

Just yesterday Glassmasterer dropped a very blissful, Berlin-clean two-track single, “Trouvaille”/”Twenty Red Kites”, the lead track of which we’e got embedded for you. It comes over all City Centre Offices or !K7, a melange of chopping vocal harmony, light, skipping beats, graceful, thoughtful and modern.

The ‘flip’ “Twenty Red Kites”, steps out further into the hazy wooziness of countrymen Boards of Canada, ensuring that blissful vibe.

Since adopting his Glassmasterer guise in 2016, Lewis has released music across the genres, creating folk, jazz, funk and hip-hop before his current electronica period. This came about in the introversion of lockdown, and has resulted in some fine other single drops: thw wow and flutter of “Dawn Runner”, with its Four Tet sound; and “Until The Dust”.

The two tracks were laid down in his rural studio outside Glasgow, Neon Math, and he has this to add about them: “Trouvaille is French for ‘lucky find’, which is how I see a lot of creative inspiration at the minute; having a creative outlet is so important to me at the moment.

“The title [for ‘Twenty Red Kites’] comes from one of my friends describing a trip to an arboretum; they said that they saw “twenty red kites” emerge from the trees. I told her immediately that I was going to use that for a song.”

Glassmasterer’s “Trouvaille”/”Twenty Red Kites” is out now on all digital streaming providers and may be purchased at his Bandcamp page.

Connect with Glassmasterer at his website, and on YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music.

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