A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2009 Ratings: #103 / 846
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Based on 20 ratings
September 15, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carrot Top / Label
Shoegaze, Dream Pop / Genres
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What kind of critical approach can one take toward an album like Ashes Grammar, one that refuses to respect structural boundaries, whose songs stretch across multiple tracks in a capricious, seemingly arbitrary manner? To consider songs as individualized structures is useless when it comes to A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s latest effort. The Philadelphian group — once a duo, now swelled to a full six-member band — have made an album that eschews pop conventions without appearing self-consciously labored or over-intellectualized. (I’m looking at you, Dirty Projectors.)


On 2007’s Scribble Mural Comic Journal, Philadelphia’s A Sunny Day in Glasgow blossomed into a formidable talent wielding their own tweaked strand of shoegaze/dream-pop. It is a feat all the more impressive given that those are two seemingly exhausted genres. Their particular strand nods as much to usual suspects like My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins as it does to current psych-dabbling electronic act

s like High Places, Caribou, and Four Tet. The songs on Scribble Mural Comic Journal were simultaneously diaphanous and dense with sound without ever feeling formless or grating. The band continues this delicate balancing act on Ashes Grammar, although with less success.

Best Track: Failure, Shy, Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs), or Blood White
Worst Track: West Philly Vocoder
Most Overrated Track: Nitetime Rainbows
Most Underrated Track: Headphone Space
I am so happy to have found this band tonight! I haven't been this happy about new music in a long time. I will be buying this album and I am in line metaphysically for the next album which I understand they are about to release.
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Year End Lists

#28/No Ripcord


#35/Pitchfork (Shoegaze)

Track List

  1. Magna For Annie, Josh, & Robin
  2. Secrets At The prom
  3. Slaughter Killing Carnage (The Meaning Of Words)
  4. Failure
  5. Curse Words
  6. Close Chorus
  7. Shy
  8. Lights
  9. Passionate Introverts (Dinosaurs)
  10. West Philly Vocoder
  11. Evil, With Evil, Against Evil
  12. The White Witch
  13. Nitetime Rainbows
  14. Canalfish
  15. Loudly
  16. Blood White
  17. Ashes Grammar
  18. Ashes Maths 
  19. Miss My Friends 
  20. Starting At A Disadvantage
  21. Life's Great 
  22. Headphone Space

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