Pond Magazine Presents:
Glassio, The Roofer's Union, Sedona
Glassio is an indie-pop outfit based in New York City, made up of Persian-Irish producer/songwriter Sam R. and French-American songwriter Charles Pinel. Their music fuses influences from pop, dance and new wave with the melodic sensibilities of 90s and 00’s R&B.
They first connected over a mutual love for the album Yellow House by Grizzly Bear, and decided to begin writing pop songs during a long weekend at Latitude Festival in the UK in 2012. After joining multiple dead-end bands in New York, Sam and Charles formed Glassio in 2015 -- basing the project around a music video concept of two astronauts taking the L train to the moon through the NYC subway system. The resulting single and music video, “Try Much Harder,” was released in 2016 on their debut EP Poptimism, and climbed the Spotify Global Viral charts to #9 that Spring.
Since their debut EP, the duo have performed electrifying live shows opening for Vallis Alps at Music Hall of Williamsburg, touring with Overcoats and headlining multiple New York City venues. Their single “Morning House” featuring alt-pop Brooklynite Charles Fauna scaled many popular playlists, breaking over 1M plays on Spotify in 2017 and their R&B-tinged single “Daydream” featuring NAKAYA went to No. 1 on Hype Machine at the end of 2017, as well as charting high on multiple iTunes charts around the world. In 2018, Glassio will release their 2nd EP “Age of Experience,” featuring their springtime single “Back for More.”
Brooklyn based band Roofers Union funnel an eclectic spread of genres into a rich, dense cluster of art rock. Having been described as everything from “experimental pop”, to “future folk”, to “bossa nova from hell”, the Roofers Union entangles nostalgic, hooky melodies into an oddly familiar web of skittering rhythms and unpredictable, shifting chords. This propels the listeners through a window to their own violent cosmic dramas, where the music invites one to dance.
Some say she’s Dirty Pop, others say she’s Femme Funk. All bets aside, Los Angeles born/Brooklyn based musician has just set herself center stage into the world of Pop and beyond as Sedona. With her debut single “Call Me Up” turning heads, her soulful power bop is more than just a song, but rather, a femme anthem music lovers from today, tomorrow, and yesterday can enjoy. Sedona grew up singing in the shower to leading female pop icons like Diana Ross, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Sade - the list goes on and on. Their aesthetic broke a lot of social barriers for women, inspiring Sedona to do the same.
Her debut single “Call Me Up,” is about knowing your own worth and making others feel empowered. Combining her favorite R&B grooves from The Dramatics and Isley Brothers with a sprinkle of Jazz Fusion delight from Carlos Santana, she’s been addicted to music that makes you want to get up and move ever since she can remember hearing it. Aside from her pop and funk influences, Sedona’s roots have been buried in lullaby rock bands like The Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Steve Miller Band, and The Velvet Underground. Her self-written and self-directed music video embodies how close she holds all of her work to her heart. With her music Sedona aims to be political while remaining personal to create a longstanding balancing act between power and play. The rest of her EP, Home Before Dawn, is set to come out in Summer 2018. Having a songwriter mama and piano tuner/jazz photographer for a father, there was never a quiet moment for Sedona, and she’d like to keep it that way.