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Glassetonbury, Vol. 7: Sweet Sixteen

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Welcome to the second round of Glassetonbury, Vol. 7! Last week, thirty-two songs competed against each other for the right to be called our next Glassetonbury champion, and today the playing field has been narrowed to just sixteen. They will compete all week for your votes as they work one step closer to receiving a featured interview on the front page of http://www.glassefactory.com, a live stream hosted on our IG 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 for this round will close on May 29th 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.

Campaign for your favorites in the comments and on social media, and don’t forget to tag and follow us on all platforms @glassefactory!

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Protector” – Social Media vs. “True Lies” – Sunniva x Austin Litz

Putting the listener into a soothing dream state like Joy Division, Social Media’s song “Protector” was born out of the artist’s compulsion to protect his sleeping girlfriend, going so far as to fight off her subconscious imagination’s villains. It defeated “Don’t Waste Your Love” by Boo Seeka and Golding last round. Meanwhile, Sunniva’s “True Lies” has the kind of jam band energy that would make it fall in line nicely alongside artists like Phish, Goose, or Twiddle — with the added character of a flute weaving in and out of the song. It defeated “Sinking” by Honor Me last round. 

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You Took It All” – REINDIER vs. “Midwest Dreams” – Distressed Damsels

Synth-pop outfit REINDIER channels their inner Bon Iver with “You Took It All,” a vocoder-heavy track with walls of vocals and experimental instrumentation. It defeated “Starfish” by Doc Landry last round. Meanwhile, Distressed Damsels bring a raw, in-your-face style of rock to the table with “Midwest Dreams.” The track features screaming guitars, angsty vocals, and a very mid-2000s feel. It defeated “End of the Waltz” by Yara Liz last round. 

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COMPLICATED.” – Arlana x joshua vs. “DROWNING” – Watson

R&B/neo-soul artist Arlana teams up with producer/keyboardist/rapper extraordinaire joshua to deliver a refined, elevated brand of R&B with heaps of musicianship and technical prowess. It defeated “Status Monster” by Arthur Moon last round. Meanwhile, Watson’s “DROWNING” fuses elements of punk-rock and Soundcloud rap, resulting in a track that fans of Juice WRLD might like. It defeated “Whiplash” by Tommy Ashby and Lydia Clowes last round.

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Bad Timing Blue Angel” – James Lockhart Jr. vs. “Staying Quiet” – Day Felice

James Lockhart Jr.’s “Bad Timing Blue Angel” reminds me of a world where “Parachutes”-era Chris Martin came up in today’s indie-rock scene. It defeated “I Want To Know” by Pushing Daizies last round. Meanwhile, Day Felice’s “Staying Quiet” is a five minute alt-rock epic that demonstrates a chameleon-like ability to change styles, with moments throughout that recall everything from disco to Weezer to Guster to Franz Ferdinand. It defeated “Lost & Found” by Corbu and Jimi Goodwin last round.

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I Wonder” – Tom Joseph vs. “Heliocentric” – Martyr For Madison

Tom Joseph’s “I Wonder” combines heartbreakingly visceral songwriting with a vulnerable, intimate voice reminiscent of Elliot Moss. It defeated “18” by Lisa Heller last round. Meanwhile, fans of Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday would thoroughly enjoy “Heliocentric,” a slice of mid-2000s-esque emo/rock from Grand Rapids, MI outfit Martyr for Madison. It defeated “If Only You Knew” by Fabian Rasti last round.

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Own Melody” – Rebecca Conner vs. “The Enemy” – Lobby Language

Rebecca Conner’s “Own Melody” muses about forging one’s own path in life. The jazzy, mellow track would stand out to fans of bands like Lawrence and Melt. It narrowly defeated “Next Chapter” by Mafia B last round. Meanwhile, Lobby Language, a rock group out of Nashville, penetrated listeners’ ears in much the same post-grunge way Foo Fighters would. “The Enemy” taps into the self-doubt that plagues us all when we dwell too long in our own minds. It defeated “You Don’t Need To Listen” by Fringe Mellow last round.

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Mama Told Me” – Elo Kay x Sajan Nauriyal vs. “The Garden” – Itsjustinmills x Sez1

Elo Kay and Sajan Nauriyal’s “Mama Told Me” is an excellent, accessible hip-hop track that feels like what we may have had if Post Malone signed with Dreamville five years ago and came up with rappers like EARTHGANG, J.I.D, and Bas. It defeated “Into The Sea” by Lexi Berg last round. Meanwhile, “The Garden” comes from rap duo Itsjustinmills and Sez1. It has an easy flow that feels influenced by rappers like lyrical rappers like Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. It defeated “W. Monroe” by LDRDO last round.

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Polyester” – Chey Rose vs. “Expectations” – Joel Ansett

Chey Rose’s “polyester” expertly delivers the style of stripped-back synth-pop perfected by artists like Elina and Sasha Sloan. It’s the perfect song to listen to while unwinding at the end of the night. It defeated “Soar” by Lazy Tiger last round. Meanwhile, Joel Ansett’s “Expectations” is a downtempo pop song that brings to mind artists like Nick Wilson and Corey Kilgannon. In it, Ansett deploys a tender vocal tone, buttery background vocals, and warm melodic execution. It defeated “Clearly Now” by Anthony OKS last round.

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Made with help from Mike Farwell.

Casey Fitzmaurice currently acts as the Department Head of A&R for Glasse Factory. A December 19
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Casey Fitzmaurice currently acts as the Department Head of A&R for Glasse Factory. A December 19

Comments (2)

  1. There’s no one else to vote but DAY FELICE for “Staying Quiet” ! on Matchup #20
    Listen to the track and you will easily fall in love with it.
    I love the piano as it begins…and then the band strikes it strong after a few measures… <3 And of course the lyrics! so I am voting for @ofdayfelice here on @glassefactory

  2. Day Felice – Staying Quiet, for sure! Vote vote vote!!!

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