Glassetonbury, Vol. 5: Elite Eight

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Two rounds have officially passed in our fifth Glassetonbury tournament, and we are only one week away from our Final Four! Eight songs will duke it out this round for the right to become one of our semi-finalists, earning a permanent place in our Glassetonbury: Hall of Fame playlist in the process. Whichever one of those songs wins the tournament will also earn a featured interview on the front page of GlasseFactory.com and a live-stream/fan Q&A hosted on our Instagram Live.

Let’s take a look at where our bracket stands:

Each matchup below will feature links to the songs, a brief description of each song and artist, and a poll for you to vote on. Voting will close on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 p.m. CST and is limited to one vote per IP address per 24 hours.To prevent botting, we equip all of our polls with CAPTCHA protection, and while this is a necessary step to preserve the integrity of the tournament, sometimes this can lead to problems when people try to vote on multiple polls in one round. To ensure that your votes are properly counted, refresh the page before voting on a new poll, and make sure to click “Vote” again after you pass the CAPTCHA protection. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Campaign for your favorites on social media and in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow us on social media @glassefactory for more updates!


Find Your Way” – Busy Not Dying x Dacey vs. “In The Mi(D)st” – Joe Kenney x Sterling Duns

“Find Your Way” comes from first-time Vancouver-based collaborators Busy Not Dying and Dacey. Dacey offers a brooding vocal take to Busy Not Dying’s swelling, synth-heavy instrumental on this vibrant, electronic indie-pop track. It was released in November 2020 and defeated “Creo Lo Sientes” by Sammy Rae & The Friends (ft. C-BASS) in the Sweet Sixteen. Meanwhile, with “In The Mi(D)st,” Joe Kenney and Sterling Duns offer a live performance showcasing some impressive technical jazz fusion chops. The energy is frenetic, yet controlled, with blaring trumpets washing over choppy spoken-word vocals and a forceful performance from the rhythm section. It defeated “Holding On” by TAROT last round.


Woah” – TJA x Jay Willy vs. “Emergency” – RoeShamBeaux

“Woah” comes from duo TJA and Jay Willy. It’s a grimy hip-hop/dub-step fusion with a lot of force, and it’s just waiting on a rave to be played at. It released on January 19th and defeated “sofa surfer” by Cole Allen last round. Meanwhile, “Emergency” comes from Virginia rap duo RoeShamBeaux. It consistently offers a bouncy energy, and it’s another song that would make for a perfect soundtrack to a house party in a pre-COVID time. It defeated “Seems Like Fall” by Blvff last round. 


Comeback” – Tim Schou vs. “One” – Shalisa Taylor

“Comeback” comes from Danish pop artist Tim Schou and released on January 15. This is the kind of song that I could hear in a variety of settings, from commercials to soundtracks and everything in between. It has some Jon BellionLewis Capaldi, and Lukas Graham sensibilities. It defeated “Movement” by Leah Rye last round. Meanwhile, Swedish singer-songwriter Shalisa Taylor‘s “One” lands on a style of pop that falls between Maggie Rogers and Taylor Swift, with a bit of Sigrid mixed in. The song came out on January 22nd and defeated “Nosedive” by Sorry Ghost last round.


leaf szn” – CHASE STEPHEN vs. “The Other Side” – Dan Kiernan

CHASE STEPHEN‘s “leaf szn” is a lo-fi, vibey, instrumental in the vein of “Beat Tape 2”-era Tom Misch. Stephen, the guitarist/producer who also founded the label Le Steez, released this track in November. It’s a perfect rainy-day jam chock full of tasty, clean guitar fills from the upstate New York native. It defeated “Old Pages” by Spondifferous last round. Meanwhile, Dan Kiernan‘s “The Other Side” offers an exceptional, front-and-center vocal performance that fans of Sam Smith or Ben Platt‘s recorded music would appreciate. This has the feel of a live-set barnburner, and it’s a bit of a slow jam that feels like it could play at the end of an indie movie. It defeated “Forgotten Tomorrows” by Jello Vibes and Eraserhood Sound last round.


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