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Glowworm is a band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Davis, formerly of the bands Pacific UV, Strange Holiday, and the Dandelion Method. Davis, a classically trained composer who studied music composition and sound design, has worked as a producer, composer, string arranger, mixing engineer, and music engraver. He started writing Glowworm’s melodic instrumental songs as a side project in the early 2000s, and recorded the first Glowworm album, The Coachlight Woods, with drummer Jesse Robert W., in Portland, Oregon and St. George, Utah in 2007. Davis’ music has been featured extensively in national media, including HBO’s Californication and on the popular public radio program This American Life (which used The Coachlight Woods’ opening track on its “Fear of Sleep” episode). 

The first Glowworm album was immediately acclaimed in post-rock circles – Canada’s Exclaim! magazine favorably compared the band to Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky – and interest in Glowworm began to grow even as Davis shifted his focus to the ambient sound project Beta Cicadae, writing and recording the album Mouna (Elegua Records, 2013) and a follow-up EP, Dirt and Sky (2015). In the meantime, songs from the Coachlight Woods racked up an astonishing 23 million streams on Spotify.

 

In 2017, Davis, now based in Macon, Georgia, is finishing a second Glowworm album, featuring vocalist Avery Leigh Draut (Pittsburgh Symphony, University of Georgia Opera Theatre) and drummer John O’Reilly, Jr. (Jim Adkins, EL VY, Jason Mraz, fun.), mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, Azure Ray, Drive-By Truckers). A series of singles will be released, starting in the fall of 2017, preceding the new record’s release in October 2018.

 

Photographer: Carli Davidson

Musician: Kevin Scott Davis

Portland, OR 2012.