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Glass Elevator / Press

“The opening song, 'Life is Glorious,' on Olympia's own Glass Elevator's most recent album, starts off sounding like '70s Italo-prog rock outfit P.F.M., and once all the jittery drums clear away it starts to sound like a long-lost Unicorns track. Song number two sounds like Ween at its smoothest and most Philly soul-worshiping. Later, "Black Pearls" is a driving garage rocker and "I Do (If I Love You)" is a Beatles-esque swooner drenched in sweet harmonies. This is how Glass Elevator rolls. Though it has often been labeled a psychedelic rock act, Glass Elevator's influences are far flung, its sound is surprisingly soulful, and its giddy experimentation is infectious. Once all the dust clears, it's a hard proposition to begin pinning Glass Elevator down - and it's this unpredictability that makes it one of the South Sound's most exciting bands.”

“Glass Elevator’s Psychic Battleship album is a very good collection of provocative tunes loaded with clever lyrics and good politics. Think Beatles, think Pink Floyd, think Jefferson Airplane. Like those bands, Glass Elevator pretty much eschews the predictable verse & chorus structure of most popular music, instead offering up what sound like tone-poems based on relatively austere (often) minor chord progressions which are then fleshed out with lushly orchestrated guitar riffs …just the kind of music necessary to carry the weight of the topical free-verse lyrics. Solid harmony vocals add depth. Psychic Battleship sounds like classy Classic Rock from those halcyon days of the Late ‘60’s/Early 70’s. But it’s really a new take on an old theme, not some retro nostalgia trip. This album deserves to be heard by a lot of people.”

Bud Van Ryn - Musician and Philosopher - the internet

"...sorted my 99 gigs of music by 'most played' and Glass Elevator fills the top 12 spots."

Ryan McDaniel, Blackbelt - facebook

“Step on Olympia’s Glass Elevator and you will be shot straight back into the depths of the musical revolution of the 1960s. The four-piece ensemble of Jabe Jabberwock on guitar, Mars Carlson on bass and keyboards, Paul Vandall on drums and Wylie VanWenger on guitar (all members are given vocal credits) create a nostalgic, yet fresh sound on this album that mirrors the musical greats of four decades ago on their 2010 album “Psychic Battleship.” “Psychic Battleship” covers a wide range of styles going from upbeat, catchy pop sounds to slowed-down, extended psychedelia... The music is all original, while obviously inspired by the music that the band’s parents probably listened to. Technically talented, Glass Elevator creates inspired, multi-faceted compositions and are able to create a variety of moods. Going from manic highs to spaced-out lows, “Psychic Battleship” could be a soundtrack for a short trip on hallucinogens. ”

“I have the new album "Psychic Battleship". Brav Fuck-O Glass Elevator. I'm gonna have to group it with Led Zepplin 4 and Piper at the Gates by Floyd. I wish I could just buy 200 copies and roll them to kids who look sad about the oil spill and so forth.”

Tim Diedrich - the Hard Way

“It (Psychic Battleship) really is a goddamned masterpiece of an album.”

Ian Stenseng - Sunstang
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