Thursday, 10pm, Central Presbyterian Church
Appropriately, Cameron Mesirow is in an Apple store when I call.
"I'm clicking into the future," she laughs.
A short discussion about technology – iPods, iPads, and our dependence on them – follows, and she posits that one day we won't even need the devices.
"It'll just be a scent upon the wind. Some sort of digestive treat you nibble on to get information. We're all tabula rasa just waiting for our code."
The Brooklyn-based Mesirow, who performs under the name Glasser, wrote her own unique code last year on debut LP Ring (True Panther Sounds), a labyrinth of electronic rooms decorated in different colors, from the tribal "Home" to hallucinatory centerpiece "Mirrorage," which swirls around a question perhaps posed to herself: "Can I trust in you?" There's no beginning or end, something the one-woman orchestra stumbled upon rather serendipitously.
"[The circular] idea occurred to me somewhere in the middle," she explains. "I started building on it after some of the songs already existed, and then they started feeding into each other since they shared a lot of the same elements. So it was pretty easy to connect them since they were of the same family. Cut from the same cloth, as they say."
Still, she balks at any labels that might try to contain her vision to one room.
"I don't want to limit myself when people ask what kind of music I write, saying, you know, 'It's heavy metal with a splash of violin and hint of oboe.' I feel like if I'm making the music, I can choose what I want it to be. 'Vocal-driven future-pop' is what people are saying. I don't know what it is but, again, the future – it's so relevant these days, isn't it?"