Glasser Talks New 'Interiors' Opus, Getting Inspired By Skyscrapers

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"Desire is such a fickle friend," says the indie-pop artist, who returns three years after her 2010 debut.

"Ultimately, what sort of artist do you want to become?"

It's a simple question, but Cameron Mesirow, the singer-songwriter better known as Glasser, isn't sure how to answer it at first; for an artist so layered and intellectual, that's understandable. However, she soon settles on a response to sum up her ambitions with the eletro-pop act Glasser: "I'm going to push myself to be the most creative and accessible at the same time as I can possibly be."

On her blissfully intricate sophomore album "Interiors," due Oct. 8 through True Panther, Mesirow certainly has the creative side covered. In terms of accessibility, Mesirow gushes, "I love singing live; that's my favorite feeling in the world," as if she's auditioning for "American Idol." And despite playing alongside acts like The xx and Delorean in support of her 2010 debut "Ring," she listens to mainstream pop far more than indie music, citing Beyoncé as a particular inspiration.

She's sincere, too. When Mesirow shared the music video for her latest single "Design," it came accompanied with a handwritten note calling it "probably my favorite piece that I have ever written." In the note she also reveals the song's theme, and indulges her philosophical side in the process: what's the greater feeling, ecstasy or the anticipation of it?

"Desire is such a fickle friend," she says. "It's such a wonderful thing to desire something or someone… I always tend to go overboard and lose it."

A longtime resident of California, Mesirow left Los Angeles for New York to work on Auerglass, a collaborative effort with friend Tauba Auerbach that included a giant wooden organ that must be played by two musicians. Mesirow decided to stay in New York, feeling inspired by the city's majestic skyscrapers and the mystery they presented. "Each floor could be for totally different purpose, and how the whole building itself conceals its purpose," she says. "In the past, other forms of architecture, such as barns, reveal on the outside what you will find on the inside."

Hence, "Interiors." Mesirow used programs like Ableton Live and GarageBand to craft the soundscapes on the album, along with producer (and boyfriend) Van Rivers. "Each song is like a room," Mesirow says. "I was like the designer, and he was the architect."

Be sure to catch Glasser on tour beginning on Oct. 10, when she performs at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles.