A project first initiated by songwriter Greg upon his return from a ten-month sabbatical in Japan, Glass Ankle began with a suitcase full of songs inspired by his travels.
Teaming up with bassist Stu and drummer/percussionist Chika, Greg's desire to bring his music into fruition resulted in a sound that encompassed sumptuous melodies, soaring harmonies and propounded an extensive array of influences.
The band quickly began to build an impressive repertoire of gigs, including Manchester’s In the City festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. A low key single release towards the end of 2010 caught the ears of Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson who featured "Kyo Wa ii Hi" on their BBC 6 Music shows.
2011 also brought the addition of piano/clarinet player Claire, giving an extra dimension to the band's sound. The Glass Ankle gig list then continued to grow further with various festival appearances including FOM Fest, Leek Summer Jam, a coveted Gideon Conn support slot, and most recently, a stunning performance at Manchester's Deaf Institute.
Their distinctive sound is ever-evolving, melding boy-girl harmonies, pulsing bass lines and addictive guitar passages with piano, cajon and the unusual addition of clarinet. Being compared to the likes of Beach House and Ohbijou, their instrumental experiments throb in unexpected unity beneath Greg’s clear vocals, while Chika, Stu and Claire’s ethereal singing drifts through the swell.
Abandoning more conventional folk or indie sounds, perhaps Glass Ankle can be best described as 'genre wanderers', taking listeners with them on eclectic, dream-like musical journeys through delicately crafted songs that are infectiously catchy, inevitably leaving lasting impressions and a hunger for more.
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