Most musical commentators see Memphis as a city of garage bands and a past that includes Elvis Presley, Stax Records and Big Star. If they were to look a little closer, they would see that a new breed of artist is beginning to emerge from the shadows of the past. A case in point is the project undertaken by Memphis native Nick Burk, who records under the name of Acid Glasses. Barely a year old, this evolving ‘band’ have already gone through many changes, and have already begun to make an impact with their own particular brand of twisted, modern psychedelia. As many as nine people have performed in the live incarnation of the band, but the concept remains fluid, and the current line up is a duo.
Burk describes the sound thus: “Like a giant indoors, so vast you could never find the walls; like the sounds are not from the natural world we all come from, at least if they ever were, they have certainly been made to adapt and evolve into a new reality. Cascading noise-chords exist within these little sonic utopias that get set off by the vocals, pitched up and into harmony with the rest of the aural terrain”.
The second Acid Glasses outing is ‘My Pale Garden’ c/w ‘Jpeg Hoarder’ and ‘Happy Accident’ and is released by Stroll On/360 Degree Music. This is the follow up to the much vaunted debut, ‘Polnara Setera’, and it’s equally acclaimed companion track (we used to call them B-sides!) ‘Sloppy Surfin’, which was praised by Greenpeace for its ecological message. The music press and blog world have already lit up and have showered Acid Glasses with praise, here are a handful of quotes:
“Joyous plunder-pop that emerges out of dizzying swirls of fuzz” – NME
“A big, brash Animal Collective-like pop song” – Music Fans Mic
“Rasping and catchy, which is all anyone should ever need” – The Pigeon Post
“Sounds like Ariel Pink rolling around in a field of poppies with The Beatles” – The Line Of Best Fit
"Beautiful mind bending acid pop" – Pasta Prima
“Acid Glasses make all the other kids in the class cry. Entirely captivating” – This Is Fake D.I.Y. Back to artistsAcid Glasses website