Glen Check are a mix of guitar, synth, and drums. Rather than moving towards an electronica presence, they mix the different instruments together and make music that sits in a lot of different genres.
The first track on Haute Couture “The Naked Sun” is a big departure from their first EP Disco Elevator which sounded a lot more indie rock with synth rounding out the melody. “The Naked Sun” contains a much stronger synth presence. It bridges electronica with rock, but in a strange way that actually sounds like chiptune.
Haute Couture is a rapid step in a significantly more mature direction. The music contains the elements from Disco Elevator, but the arrangements of songs and the construction of each song sounds less amateur. Vocals take a back seat on the album overall though. Each song has a slightly different core theme with some songs pushing a large dance-pop sound like on “French Virgin Party.”
I really enjoy how Glen Check has matured as artists with Haute Couture. They bridged their original release while moving forward and presenting an album that is a lot different from other albums and actually creating a sound that is uniquely their own.