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(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1460: Glass Animals

By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 6:00 pm

Glass Animals have released their latest promo video, for ‘Gooey’. It’s their next single, slated to be out on the 7th of April on Wolf Tone. Watch it below.

Ahead of their SXSW 2014 appearances, why don’t you have a read of Martin’s Bands to Watch on them?



(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1369: Glass Animals

By on Friday, 1st November 2013 at 6:00 pm

Oxford’s Glass Animals are expected to showcase at next year’s SXSW, and Martin wrote this spiffing Bands to Watch on them yesterday. The band have now shared this unusual video for their song ‘Psylla’, which in hindsight probably would have worked better yesterday on Halloween. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video below.



(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #272: Glass Animals

By on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yes, you read that right. We may still only be in 2013, but we’re already looking ahead to SXSW 2014, which happens in less than 5 months. In addition to our normal Bands to Watch features, we’ll also be previewing the best bands who have received shouts for the big event. First up are a band from Oxford that Martin will tell you more about…

Glass Animals are experts at downtempo, atmospheric, bass-heavy songs – think Portishead having coffee with Morcheeba – while the coffee’s a tangy roast by James Blake. The Morcheeba comparison is most apt (don’t laugh at the back – Morcheeba survived Britpop, have just released their eighth album, and celebrate their 20th birthday in a couple of years – pretty impressive stuff): recent single ‘Black Mambo’ echoes their lazy drum sound, their melodic approach to a vocal line, and a raft of decent lyrical similes. Things are considerably darker here, however – this isn’t exactly party music, although there is a certain sleaziness in the snaking groove and massed crescendo, which could get a certain type of too-cool-for-school crowd in the mood for a gentle grind.


Fellow AA-side ‘Exxus’ kicks off with a menacing, oily bassline, overlaid with Dave Bayley’s smooth yet gently threatening vocals, electronica ebbing, flowing and bleeping around him. “Wake up with a hatchet over your head,” he warns, before mellifluous mellotron mixes with otherworldly, disembodied voices, as if Gyorgy Ligeti and Edgar Froese were having a bromance right there in one’s Eustachian tube. Recently signed to producer du jour Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label, surely a sign of approval in itself, Glass Animals are currently working on their début album, which, if it turns out as well as ‘Black Mambo’/’Exxus’ promise, should be an essential purchase of 2014.



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