(Holiday!) Video of the Moment #2245: Glass Animals

By on Thursday, 15th December 2016 at 10:00 am

Last week, dance pop quartet Glass Animals, or half of them anyway, made an in-studio appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Piano Sessions with Huw Stephens. The programme is billed as a series of “stripped back piano performances from cutting-edge artists”, and on this occasion, Glass Animals presented a stripped back lineup consisting of frontman Dave Bayley at the microphone and bandmate Drew MacFarlane on keys.

Along with a surprisingly elegant piano version of their recent hit track ‘Life Itself’, the pair performed a more traditional but equally smooth rendition of the holiday standard ‘Winter Wonderland’. MacFarlane is impressively fluid and sensitive on the ivories, but the real triumph is in Bayley’s velvety vocal delivery, which has always been a hallmark of Glass Animals’ sensual dance sound. Somehow, it works equally well in the context of a classic Christmas tune.

As a holiday bonus, we’ve included live videos of both performances just below. If this pared down arrangement isn’t enough of Glass Animals for you, you can find our previous coverage of the full band collected through here.

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