Zaba [European Issue] (LP)


Glass Animals

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Amoeba Review

03/19/2015

"Indie pop" has just become a ubiquitous term when it's hard to pinpoint a pop sound that explores new territory. Case in point Glass Animals: a band from England that combines poly-rhythmic Afro-rhythms and desert dry synths that are a more radio friendly take on Jon Hassell's Fourth World albums of the early-'80s. Lead singer Dave Bayley conceptualized the band as a solo, lofi project, but brought childhood friends Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward into this sonic Heart of Darkness. A tropical flavor coats the entire album with syrupy-sweet surprises sneaking up on you. Then psychedelic layers of lucid vocals spin your head through a mystery trip of 21st century exotica. The heavy bass envelops you in a warm womb-like trance that fits the equally freaky and odd lyrics that coo out of Dave Bayley's mouth. "Gooey" is a particularly surreal experience as drippy, melty sounds pour into one ear and float out the other into the atmosphere until it fizzles out into a haunting memory. Zaba is a no mere-morsel of a first album. It's a wondrous smoothie of jazzy, electro mellowness that has more and more rich textures to discover on each play.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Flip
Glass Animals 03:42
2.
Black Mambo
Glass Animals 04:08
3.
Pools
Glass Animals 04:48


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Gooey
Glass Animals 04:49
2.
Walla Walla
Glass Animals 03:37
3.
Intruxx
Glass Animals 02:49


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hazey
Glass Animals 04:25
2.
Toes
Glass Animals 04:14
3.
WYRD
Glass Animals 04:05


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Cocao Hooves
Glass Animals 04:31
2.
JDNT
Glass Animals 04:23

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