Posts Tagged ‘Emotions and Math’

Margaret Glaspy has just surprised fans with three new songs on a brand new EP called Born Yesterday. She describes it as a bookend to Emotions And Math which was the stunning, 2016 debut full-length that launched her career, a world tour and landed on many top 10 lists for the year.

Margaret Glaspy said of these new songs, how they end one chapter of her life but also lead to the next adventure. “I was on the road so much — in a bus, in the van, on the train, in the cab — over these last two years, I had these few songs that I’d written. It didn’t feel like it was really the next record. It just felt pretty intuitive to release them as what I had accomplished since [Emotions And Math], which I’m very proud of. But it is hard to write on the road.”

“It will be a little bit of a departure from this material and that was kind of the impetus for putting out this EP.

“I’ve started to write a little bit with other instruments and in more of a MIDI world, which has been a really fun departure and has challenged me. I suppose everyone, in some way, has their ceiling in what they’re able to do on an instrument. I think that I’ve been excited to try different things lately because I’ve been playing so much guitar in these tours and it’s been fun to try other things, other processes.”


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Margaret Glaspy strips back DJ Snake’s ‘Let Me Love You’ for triple j’s Like A Version, Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love. Margaret Glaspy is a New York-based songwriter who originally hails from Red Bluff, California, and this morning she sang ‘Let Me Love You’, which usually hails from Justin Bieber’s mouth.

“Emotions and Math” is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.
On its surface, the title track talks about being a touring musician and figuring out how to see your partner, looking at the calendar and calculating how you’re going to spend time together. But “Emotions and Math,” which ATO Records will released earlier in summer 2016, also sums up an epiphany she had while making the record.

The DJ Snake track got the Glaspy treatment and we were blown away with ~the vocals~:

US singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy performs her original tune ‘You And I’ live in triple j’s Like A Version studio. Glaspy, who’s 27 and grew up in Red Bluff, California, self-produced the album, which frames her revealing ruminations in shards of jagged guitar rock. Building on its early buzz — Rolling Stone hailed first single “You and I” for its “hot barbs of electric guitar,” and declared it a “stomping rocker


There’s brutal honesty in the songs of  Margaret Glapsy that can make them feel cold, but they’re also heartfelt. That’s part of what makes Glaspy a top new artist of 2016 .

Glaspy’s new album Emotions And Math, made with her band, is a huge leap from her earlier EPs Homeschool (2012) and If & When (2013), which mostly consisted of the singer and her electric guitar. You can hear Glaspy’s sharp words on those older records, but now that wit and wisdom packs a confident punch — as does her guitar playing, which is no longer simply fingerpicked, but also crunched with power chords behind a newly brazen voice.

The Tiny Desk Concert provides a great example of how much power can be found in simplicity and purity. Everything serves the songs here: There’s no overplaying, no frills, just great music and a tremendous new artist who sounds thrilled to be playing it. Emotions And Math is available now catch her this weekend at the Bodega.

Set List

  • “Emotions And Math”
  • “Love Like This”
  • “You And I”
  • “Somebody To Anybody”

Margaret Glaspy released her debut full-length, Emotions And Math earlier this year and is one of our favorite new artists of 2016 (so far).

If there’s anything Margaret Glaspy can’t do, it’s not apparent on her first full-length album. “Emotions and Math” pretty much has it all—deftly written songs, effortless musical chops and a fierce attitude that is at once brazen and somehow also understated. “I don’t want to see you cry, but it feels like a matter of time,” she sings on breakout single “You and I,” a song that opens with Glaspy telling a moon-eyed suitor that he’s only there temporarily, to satisfy a need. She’s just as frank throughout the album, ruefully parsing her own diffidence on the title track, offering questionable advice from an elder’s perspective on “Parental Guidance” and asserting herself over a wonderfully abrasive guitar part on “Pins and Needles.” “I don’t want to watch my mouth,” she sings on the latter song, and that’s welcome news,

Recorded at Sear Sound in New York City and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius, Weezer), Margaret Glaspy‘s debut album ‘Emotions And Math’ – due out June 17th – sees Glaspy tackling topics of insecurity, love lost and found, and life on the road with clarity, honesty and a cutting sense of humor, all backed by gritty, fiercely performed electric guitar.

Margaret Glaspy has earned early praise from The New York Times, Stereogum and NME. Rolling Stone hailed her “hot barbs of electric guitar,” and VICE Noisey love her “complex, deceptively heavy riffs with vocals that really stand out and grab you at the throat.” Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered “a great young singer-songwriter.”

Margaret Glaspy’s debut album, ‘Emotions and Math,’ is out June 17 on ATO Records!