Instrumental Math-Rock Trio Covet Premiere Official Video for "Glimmer"

Today Guitar World is premiering "Glimmer," the new video from Covet, the Bay Area-based instrumental math-rock band featuring two-handed tapping guitarist Yvette Young. The song comes off their recently-released EP, Effloresce.

Young told Guitar World that she originally composed “Glimmer” as a “delicate and soft acoustic song. But when I played it one day with the band, it evolved into this heavy moody piece with massive modulated delays and lots of reverb. It’s cool how sometimes songs can be reborn and take a whole new shape when you put it in the context of a full band. It still works as a solo acoustic piece, but it’s just different! I’m thinking of releasing it acoustic still.”

As for the “Glimmer” video, Young explained, “The video was kind of a collaborative brainstorm. I had the idea to have something crumbling in slow motion but I was at a loss as to what we could burn that wouldn’t be interpreted as iconoclastic or sacrilegious. David, our bass player, suggested we somehow burn ourselves and then after further research, we found out we could get ourselves 3-D printed and could burn that stop-motion style!

“The idea was to juxtapose us burning with us playing in a candlelit room with the burgundy color of velvet which symbols royalty or fame. We wanted to create a video that suggested anti-idolatry and destroying the self and thus destroying ego. It was a blast, and Tom Flynn, our videographer, did a great job framing the shots and doing the stop-motion shots to the music. We love working with him because he’s very musical with his editing and his framing is always so tasteful.”

In addition to her work with Covet, Young has also garnered a large following on her YouTube channel, where she posts various two-handed tapping playthrough videos and other clips.

Covet are currently on tour with instrumental prog-rockers Polyphia. All dates are below.

Covet tour dates with Polyphia:

October 10  San Diego, CA  Music Box

October 11  Los Angeles, CA  1720

October 12  Pomona, CA  The Glass House

October 13  Sacramento, CA  Holy Diver

October 14  San Francisco, CA  Slim’s

October 15  Portland, OR  Bossanova Ballroom

October 16  Seattle, WA  The Crocodile

October 19  Denver, CO  Bluebird Theater

October 20  Lawrence, KS  The Granada

October 21  St. Louis, MO  Old Rock House

October 23  Minneapolis, MN  Cabooze

October 24  Chicago, IL  Bottom Lounge

October 25  Columbus, OH  Woodlands Tavern

October 26  Detroit, MI  Magic Stick

October 27  Pittsburgh, PA  Rex Theater

October 28  Toronto, ON  Mod Club

October 30  Montreal, QC  Le Belmont

October 31  Brooklyn, NY  Music Hall of Williamsburg

November 1  Philadelphia, PA  Theatre of Living Arts

November 2  Boston, MA  Paradise Rock Club

November 3  Washington, DC  Rock & Roll Hotel

November 4  Carrboro, NC  Cat’s Cradle

November 6  Orlando, FL  The Abbey

November 7  Atlanta, GA  Terminal West

November 9  Dallas, TX  Trees

November 10  Houston, TX  Warehouse Live

November 11  Austin, TX  Barracuda

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.