Minute Hand, Glass Hour’s debut album, is a breakup album – an illustration of love, heartbreak and recovery. Singer, pianist and guitarist Keegan Boulineau spent a year post-relationship writing and playing an endless amount of music in pursuance of escaping reality. Thus, Glass Hour was born, and recording took place over the following year. With all of the lyrics inspired by his ex-relationship, the album is packed with a mix of songs from pop-rock anthems (Burn, Minute Hand, Far Too Long) to heart-wrenching ballads (Back to the Ocean, Tenth Story Window). The new album showcases this raw emotion, but in a package of pure pop songs. Elegant production and crystal clear vocals present the album in an incredibly infectious light. These are songs that stay with you, not only for their hooks, but also for their subject matter. Relatable and spellbinding, Minute Hand is an album worth repeating.
Here’s what Glass Hour frontman Keegan Boulineau had to say about the album :
“Without art we would rely solely on memories, which fade over time, to remember the past. To me, music – and art in general – is the sole method of capturing and embodying a moment in time. That’s exactly what this album is doing. All of the songs in ‘Minute Hand’ deal with the hoard of emotions you feel in the midst of heartbreak. Though each of them illustrate a different stage of the process, below the surface, the album personally represents much more. Rather than looking at it as the epitome of an ending, I see it as a new beginning – one for the band and one for my own existence. It represents the beginning of a new sound, a new path, a new life. Something upon which I can lean on to look forward with a positive outlook. This was actually the mindset I was in when writing ‘On’, the final track of the album, which happens to be one of my proudest. Because almost all of the lyrics deal with sadness, distinguishing the very somber songs and those with a slightly more positive outlook was important to portray in the musical choices. The darker, more melancholic songs carry a more serious tone by using, for example, suspense and anguish in the electric guitar riffs (‘Broken’) and orchestral percussion, which I find radiates so much more emotion than your traditional rock kit (‘Tenth Story Window’). With time being the overarching theme of the album, we felt we could represent that by using huge, spacey sounds, a lot of reverb and big, heavy chords in the guitar parts. The bigger, more upbeat songs (‘Minute Hand’, ‘Quiet Road’, ‘Far Too Long’) are the perfect examples of this. Finally, ‘On’, a song about acceptance, is definitely the most uplifting track of the album and I wanted to exaggerate this by giving it peaceful, high spirited melodies that the piano and vocals would collectively sing as one.”