Video of the Moment #1618: Glass Animals

By on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 6:00 pm

Glass Animals have been legging it all over the UK and Europe to perform at festivals all summer, culminating in three music festivals – Bestival on the Isle of Wight on Thursday, First We Take Berlin in Germany on Friday and Loufest in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday – before they embark on a major tour of North America in September and October. In the midst of their next UK tour in mid-October (all the details here), they’ll be releasing their next single off their debut album ‘Zaba’.

‘Hazey’, to be released on the 13th of October on Wolf Tone / Caroline International, has an air of cool that sets it apart from the rest of ‘Zaba’, so it makes sense that its accompanying video would be just as cool. This one stars London-based dance collective The Solitary Crew showing off their unique style of street dancing and represents a departure from the surreal weirdness of ‘Gooey’ and the forest and sea claymation whimsy of ‘Pools’. I have my own theory about what the song is about (and I’m still thinking I might still be in the right ball park), but I’ll leave it to the band’s primary singer/songwriter Dave Bayley to explain the premise of the video and how it fits in with the meaning of the song, which he sings in different voices to delineate the difference between the characters he presents:

“Every day these dancers put themselves through torturous stretches and contortion exercises using ropes and towels to make themselves more flexible and their movements more fluid. They isolate themselves and focus on slowly building their craft, with a long term goal of being able to add another dance-move to their catalogue, and a longer term goal of stitching those moves together into something cool and beautiful. It all requires a huge amount of dedication and discipline.

To me, ‘Hazey’ is about a parental character who has abandoned those values and eventually becomes wracked by regret. That character speaks in the choruses in the falsetto voice. The verses are spoken by that character’s child in full voice. This boy has matured quickly to pick up the pieces dropped by his parent. It was his attitude that I thought was summed up by the bone breakers.”

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[…] dance collective who use a dance practise called bone breaking to make their street dancing style “more fluid.” Very rarely does an artist come out and explain what his/her song means, so take this golden […]

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