At this year’s FYF Fest in downtown Los Angeles, Cameron Mesirow, accompanied by a percussionist, performed to an overflowing audience in the ground’s one tent-style stage. Her setup, seemingly influenced by the textures and vocal-driven nature of debut album Ring, proved inadequate for a peculiarly large audience with a penchant for EDM. Unbeknownst to this audience, Glasser would be releasing a slew of new, more danceable songs with her next LP, Interiors, in the coming months.
Mesirow comes as close to a perfect imitation of Björk’s historically unique vocal talent with the line “let it remind me” on “Dissect” – Interiors’ crystallizing, synth-quirky, danceable centerpiece. “Shackled to a window/ anything that opens/ I’m giving myself to/ double vision,” she later sings. Evidently drawn to the concept of the “inside,” Mesirow highlights an interesting counterpoint to interior comforts by encapsulating listeners with the imagery of architecture, spatiality, and “looking out from within.” Throughout, her themes are conceptually strong, alluding to human nature and how we deal with self-awareness, and our relationship to sound, space, and time.
“Shape”, Interiors’ first released track, not only acts as a powerful opener, but lays out the album’s architectural skeleton. Its synths and bassy beats draw the best possible connection between this and Ring. While the debut was full of soft electronic moods and vaguer connotations, Interiors is the step forward that concentrates and connects Mesirow’s lyrical ideas. On “Shape”, she illustrates: “There’s an ocean making life/ beyond my reach/ and the vastness is/ too much for me to stand,” the fear of externality guiding the rest of the album.
While “Dissect” is the record’s well-textured centerpiece, “Keam Theme” is its robust core that applies the album’s discussions of enclosure and the inability to move forward to the ubiquitous theme of love. Atop the combination of background croons and dance floor rhythms, Mesirow asks, “how long before I know you?” And, at the song’s point of limbo, she repeatedly says that “I won’t let it mean too much.” While “Keam Theme” stands strongly on its own, it points out the fact that, while Interiors is definitely a step forward from Ring in concept, due to its preoccupation with being caged, with being “stuck,” it often feels slightly “stuck” itself, resulting with the record lacking resolution.
With the new focus on body-moving sounds, Interiors feels like Mesirow’s desire to appease crowds like those at FYF, without leaving behind those infatuated by the lusciousness of her first LP. Though she’s clearly looking outward at her audience, the record‘s themes focus heavily indoors and “within.” This sort of introspection bodes well for Mesirow’s third LP, which if she continues on this progression, should prove illuminating, window-opening, and exposed.
Essential Tracks: “Shape”, “Keam Theme”, and “Dissect”