The Glow’s debut album begins with a question—“Am I good?“
Less concerned with finding an answer, this query instead serves as a mantra for Mike Caridi (LVL UP) as he explores self-loathing and anxiety, love and self-improvement.
Am I is a sonic transition of sorts for Caridi, bridging the gap between the end of his long-time rock band LVL UP and a new, more solitary musical future. While the record’s first five songs were written between two LVL UP albums -- Hoodwink’d (2014) and Return To Love (2016) -- the second half was written partly for LVL UP’s never-to-be next record and partly after the band’s split. Though Caridi draws from the same sonic palette that defined his recognizable contributions to LVL UP, the freedom of writing and primarily recording on his own has created the space for experimentation and exploration.