This tape is quite possibly the most ’80s thing I have ever heard.
Before I get into the sonic qualities at play here, that must be made clear.
The Glove takes every cheesy element of ’80s pop/anti-pop and milks it for all it’s worth. There is a healthy dose of synths and echo filled instrumentation on this 1983 release, Blue Sunshine. The Glove manages to find balance between honest musical exploration and pop induced hooks. This album has moments of high energy rock and moments of total suspension and space. Fans of The Cure, The Bravery, The Killers, etc. should hear some commonality with The Glove’s melancholy synth-pop, post-punk sound. This is due in part to the fact that Robert Smith of The Cure is in The Glove. However his contract barred him from singing in another group.
Albums like Blue Sunshine remind you how intricate the world is. There are layers to life that escape everyone. There’s a grit and an energy below the surface level of existence that most people experience. The Glove, like many other bands in this genre, (genre-range) presents a glimpse into this lifestyle to the world. It’s interesting that a ‘super-group’ can remain grounded enough to produce something with a strong sense of vision. This achievement speaks to their artistic integrity and like true artists, their work takes you through a range of thoughts and feelings, some welcomed and some not.
Sex, drugs, and fast times leading to joy, pain, and beauty. Scandal and and struggle creating depth and vision. The Glove doesn’t fit in. They don’t want to. They don’t need to.