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Glassetonbury, Vol. 6: Elite Eight

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Two rounds have passed in Vol. 6 of our Glassetonbury series, and eight songs remain in our competition. These songs will continue to compete in week-long matchups, where you have the power to vote your favorites onward to victory. The artists who win this round will advance to our Final Four and earn a permanent spot in our Glassetonbury: Hall of Fame playlist. In a couple weeks, the overall tournament winner will also receive a featured interview on our front page, a livestream/fan Q&A hosted by us on Instagram Live, and more.

Let’s take a look at our bracket:



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 April 10th at 1:00 p.m. CST and is limited to one vote 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.

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Cry Over You” — Julia Gomez vs. “Lost Without You” — Tim Gallagher

A big, bold melody congealed with infectious lyrics for Julia Gomez’s “Cry Over You”. It’s the kind of upbeat track a bunch of girlfriends might get together and blast after their friend finished a nasty breakup. Icona Pop came to ear most readily. It defeated “The Boost” by Cee Nario last round. Meanwhile; recognized as a romantic singer-songwriter — as evidenced by songs featured on shows like Love Island — Tim Gallagher poured his heart out on “Lost Without You”. A soulful letter penned to his recent lover, much in the distraught vein of Freya Ridings’ twin-titled track. It defeated “GOLDEN LORD” by JxStill last round.

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So Long, I Guess” — Self-Help vs. “Swim” — Lazyrevs

Self-Help popped in the listener’s ear with a selfless aim to give a loving goodbye to an important person in her life. It’s the kind of parting one could see having occurred on the rainy patio of a Parisian cafe, conducted with poetic somberness matched by Alison Sudol. It defeated “Swimming” by Sprints last round. Meanwhile, Irish Lazyrevs’ latest single “Swim” hit listeners’ hearts as hauntingly romantic as the unknown life lived at seafloor’s abyss. It’s a refreshingly subdued, marine-inspired ballad that’d throw a Celtic twist into the more tender tracks of Sara Bareilles. It defeated “Green Light” by Burying Giants last round.

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Beautiful Desperation” — Goldpark vs. “Waves and Walls” — Huxley Sun

If Bruce Springsteen had led the E Street Band on an alternative rock path, listeners would’ve heard Goldpark’s unique sound in 1972. These Nashville rockers channeled “The Boss” with “Beautiful Desperation,” which leaned into natural enchantment’s inseparability from struggle. It defeated “How Did We?” by Victor Solf last round. Meanwhile, a nuanced indie-folk song called “Waves and Walls” came out recently from Polish performer Huxley Sun. With immersive, intimate movement in the background, Sun captured a swelling tension that may draw comparisons to Bon Iver. It defeated “Modystly” by Modyst last round.

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After the Alley” — Chris Howard vs. “Naym_Brnd” — S.I.N. (Survival In Negativity) x B.Positiv

Chris Howard melded soul and jazz on “After the Alley,” a track chock full of stacked background vocals and tasty keys riffs. In the song, he expertly captured the manic symptoms expected of one engaging in the dangerous behavior alluded. It calls to mind an edgier John Mayer promoting the sexy side of addiction, if you will. It defeated “Cornered” by Mylo Bybee last round. Meanwhile, S.I.N. and B.Positiv reframed a media-skewed conversation that prioritizes conformity. “Naym_Brnd” utilized spoken-word to negate a fear of missing out in favor of following one’s heart. It’s a faster-paced, updated testament to what Langston Hughes started. It defeated “Bigger Than Me” by Gretta Ray last round.

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This bracket was made with help from Casey Fitzmaurice.

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