I stumbled across this band at Reading last month, having had no other previous engagement with them. The Oxford four-piece produced a tight set. Giving an appropriate stage to their psychedelic stylings, the NME tent was left entranced, tangled amongst the intangible blend of sounds that make Glass Animals this week’s spotlight act.
Soulful trip hop oozes throughout 2014 debut record ‘ZABA’, with the track ‘Black Mambo’, in particular, indicating influences from 90’s acts such as Massive Attack. Introduce experimental-indie and R&B to the scene and that’s when you find Glass Animals’ residence on the spectrum.
Signed to Paul Epworth’s brain-child Wolf Tone, this is an act that can only get better. The music does not negate or slacken, it embodies the listener – it is engaging and, most importantly, it sounds fucking good. The vocals are abstract enough to compliment the wonderfully bizarre music, but still manage translate fantastically onto a live stage. Glass Animals are one of my favourite finds of the last couple of months – ‘ZABA’ lays bare a competency and willingness to push creative limits. With guidance from those at Wolf Tone, bigger gigs and a strong second album, the band could soon establish their name alongside the likes of Tame Impala and alt-J.