Maritime Glass Floor

Maritime Glass Floor
Formed from the ashes of the Promise Ring and the Dismemberment Plan, Maritime is its own wonderful beast altogether, the only remnant of bands past being the distinctive delivery of lead singer Davey von Bohlen. Glass Floor, thankfully, sounds nothing like the embarrassing PR swansong, Wood/Water, and is instead awash in plaintive, simple pop songs, filled to the brim with subtly beautiful instrumentation and loving lyrics. The happy bounce of "Someone Has To Die” flows into the more gentle fair, such as the gorgeous "Souvenirs,” a track that highlights the best von Bohlen’s songwriting has to offer. With washes of strings, mellotron and brass sprinkled throughout, Glass Floor has the confident feel of a band who know exactly what they want, and can therefore afford the relaxed feeling that comes with such maturity. Though interest in Maritime will initially come only as a result of the profile of its members, it won’t take long for Glass Floor to be recognised entirely on its own incredible merits. (DeSoto)