Glassworks is a piano/vocal duo from Glasgow made up of long-time collaborators, vocalist Emilie Lassus Boyd (Scottish Jazz Award ‘Best Vocalist’ nominee 2020) and pianist Dan Brown (Royal Conservatoire Jazz Alum). Their new EP Willow Tree was out on the 12th February, featuring songs singing of belonging, reflection, and self-realisation, with a focus on poetic story-telling, strong melodies, and an improvisatory flair. The band spoke with The Fountain about the new record as well as the venues they miss.  

TF: You have a new EP out, what can we expect from Willow Tree?

Dan: We tried to pack as much as we could into just 4 songs, ranging from spacey and wistful, to groovy and rocking. With a surprise cover thrown in, we hope there’s something for everyone!  

Emilie: We’ve both got a background in jazz, I’ve done a lot of pop music, Dan’s done a lot of folky stuff, and we also love Classical and Romantic music, we have a lot of different and disparate musical influences, so I think they’ve all come out in the music we’ve written here.

TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?

Dan: A collection of reflective songs, tinged with nostalgia, and a strong melodic focus

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

Dan: Normally we’d be booking gigs for the summer and trying to play the music live as much as possible. Given the circumstances it’s hard to know what the rest of the year will bring, but in the meantime we’re trying to play as many online concerts as possible and use the time to work on new material! 

Emilie: We have recorded a session in the amazing Oran Mor for the Southside Fringe Festival so we’ll be releasing that soon. Before the end of the year, I’d like to do another EP!  

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Dan: I’m a big fan of the slightly grungy basement venues like the Hug and Pint in Glasgow. Have played a lot of really fun gigs in the Edinburgh Jazz bar though; the team there are always so friendly and they always get a great crowd! To be honest, right now I’m looking forward to any gig so any place that puts one on!

Emilie: I also love the Drygate, the whole pub is a great space, you have a lot of options if you want something lively or a quieter room. I’ve also sung onstage a couple of times at the O2 Academy and that was really exciting, to hear yourself come out of that enormous sound system. I’m holding out hope we can return to performing live music as it was before the end of the year! 

Willow Tree is out now