Before he uprooted his life and moved to Austin to make it as a musician, Lawrence Morrill Glass worked as a set designer in LA where he also had a hand in special effects, working on movies and TV ads. I have no idea how good he was at his last job, but if “Neanderthal” is a promise of things to come, he clearly made the right move becoming a folk/pop musician.
This full length is crammed with smartly written, accessible folk pop that would fit perfectly alongside albums by Todd Snider and Jerry Jeff Walker. Gigging around town, he has already turned folks like Will Sexton into fans.
Glass is at his best when he has tongue firmly planted in cheek on tracks like “Tina Fey” and “Making Love to the Telephone.” There are some weak moments here, like on the droning “Jukebox” and the forced reggae guitar lines on “It Wasn’t Love,” but those moments are rare and easily excusable. Can’t wait to see what’s next.