Glasser’s latest synth album is called “Interiors.”

Fear, passion fuel Glasser’s sonic textures

The influence of architecture colors the plush sonic cubicles of “Interiors,” the new album from Cameron Mesirow’s project Glasser, with its synth-sculpted tracks “Shape,” “Design” and “Window, i, ii, and iii.”

“But I’ve studied architecture on my own terms, not necessarily textbook style. So I’m intrigued by what it means for a person to be in a building, outside of a building, or to be a structure themselves that moves around, while encapsulating feelings of fear, anxiety, love, passion or anger,” says the Palo Alto native, who got a degree in German from San Francisco State University.

If only Mesirow – who brings Glasser back to The City this week – could fully appreciate the skyscrapers of her adopted home of Manhattan.

For years, she has been dealing with a type of spatial anxiety that often affected her equilibrium as a child. Even as recently as a few weeks ago, she felt a sudden need to be outdoors.

“So I was walking around, feeling bad, feeling really scared of my own movement on the street,” she says. “And at some point, I got so frustrated it filled me with rage, and actually that pushed me through the situation – I powered through it.”

Mesirow can’t describe her affliction, exactly. So far, she hasn’t sought medical or psychological help.

“I’m a pretty bullheaded person, and I refuse to call this a problem or allow it to stop me,” she says. “So I don’t want a diagnosis. My feeling is that I have some fears that manifest themselves in anxieties when I’m in certain types of places. But I have a thing about putting myself in uncomfortable situation – I’m really into facing my fears.”

She did that by moving to Los Angeles five years ago, where Glasser’s 2009 EP “Apply” and a 2010 debut album “Ring” were completed.

Her family was creative – her father was in Berlin’s Blue Man Group, her mother Casey Cameron founded the band Human Sexual Response.

But in the Bay Area, while working at the Conservatory of Flowers, she felt listless, unmotivated. “When I got to L.A., I didn’t even know where the local grocery store was, let alone if I was an artist or not,” she says. “But I decided ‘I’m going to find that store! And I’m going to be an artist!’”

Residing with her boyfriend-collaborator Van Rivers in claustrophobic New York has somehow upped Glasser’s productivity, perhaps because her personal anxiety-battling techniques now extend to her living quarters.

She says, “I have very, very little furniture. I do not like clutter, so I have lots of white space in my apartment!”

IF YOU GO

Glasser

Where: Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Monday

Tickets: $18 to $20

Contact: (415) 551-5157, www.ticketfly.comartsCameron MesirowGlasserInteriorsPop Music & Jazz

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Mayor London Breed said the city would pause reopening plans in order to “make sure we continue our cautious and deliberate approach.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF slows down reopening after COVID-19 cases rise

Restaurants no longer permitted to increase indoor dining capacity to 50 percent

Toilet (Shutterstock)
Table salt and poop: Testing for COVID-19 in S.F. sewage

The City’s sewers could provide an early warning of fresh outbreaks

CCSF file photo
Workforce development fund to support training programs at City College

Supervisors back plans to use $500K toward economic recovery efforts through CCSF

Lakeshore Elementary School was closed in March shortly before SFUSD closed all schools due to coronavirus concerns. The district is now working to prepare all elementary schools to reopen by mid-January.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
School district preparing buildings for hybrid learning

SFUSD plans to use 72 elementary schools and 12 early education sites for first phase of reopening

Most Read