Glass House Release Highly Anticipated Third Album 'Long Way Down'
Much to the anticipation of music aficionados worldwide, the long-awaited third album from acclaimed Oakland music duo Glass House, 'Long Way Down', will be released on October 15, 2013. Featuring David Worm, best known for his long association with vocal pioneer Bobby McFerrin and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Mark Vickness.
Combining songwriting influences from artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews, with performance styles influenced by Bobby McFerrin and Michael Hedges, 'Long Way Down' is a tour de force of Mark Vickness' intricate, layered guitars and David Worm's soaring, blues-inflected vocals. The CD reflects the full range of Glass House, from the sparsely haunting solo acoustic guitar and voice rendition of Robbie Robertson's "Broken Arrow", the funk string quartet intro to "Turn Away" to the driving, world music-infused choral tapestry of "Build A Bridge". Lyrics run the gamut from tender personal pathos (For Now, Thank You) to timely political and social narratives (Turn Away, Where I Belong). Widely-acclaimed YouTube videos by Glass House Music have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of fans. When the live version video of Broken Arrow was first released, it was the seventh most-viewed YouTube video according to Billboard.com, beating out Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me" and Pearl Jam's "Unthought Known."
Says Mark, "I would say the overreaching concept of the new album is as simple as two old friends writing and performing well crafted, honest songs with the help of a bunch of superb artists we were lucky to be able to work with. The lyrics generally speak to two different themes: 1) socially responsible messages, and 2) personal songs usually involving some kind of striving for fulfillment. Musically, this third CD is the culmination of 23 years working together. It blends the various styles David and I have been involved in over the years: singer/songwriter, folk, blues, jazz, classical, world."
With over twenty-three years of working together, David Worm and Mark Vickness have shared much more than a passion for great songwriting. From personal tragedy to the joy of raising children, through all the changes of the last two decades, these musicians have made writing songs together a constant thread, a platform on which to build not just a body of work but a lifelong friendship and a musical chemistry that infuses every song.
Over the years, David and Mark have worked with many phenomenal musicians. That trend continues on their new album. Producer/bassist Jon Evans is well-known for his years recording and touring with Tori Amos and Third Eye Blind. Two time Grammy winners, The Turtle Island String Quartet contribute their remarkable talents on two songs. Also appearing are drummers Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter), L.A. studio ace, MB Gordy (Frank Zappa, Green Day, Bill Withers), tabla virtuoso Ty Burhoe, violinist Mads Tolling (Stanley Clarke) and vocalists Ashling Cole (Prince) and Julianna Graffagna (Kitka).