They’re a glass act

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Music -

Ox­ford band Glass An­i­mals’ de­but al­bum Zaba earned them both crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess and saw them talked about as pur­vey­ours of classy left­field in­die pop along­side the likes of Wild Beasts, the xx and Alt-J.

The prob­lems of sec­ond al­bum syn­drome are well doc­u­mented as bands strug­gle to pro­duce more than an in­fe­rior version of their first ef­forts.

But there are no such prob­lems for this tal­ented quar­tet as they breeze through al­bum two.

In part that might be due to an in­trigu­ing way song­writer and singer Dave Bay­ley sought lyri­cal in­spi­ra­tion for char­ac­ters who he built songs around.

He ex­plained: “I try to sneak­ily record peo­ple and I have hours and hours of these amaz­ing rants from taxi driv­ers, strange peo­ple we meet out­side of shows, peo­ple at par­ties. Peo­ple say the strangest stuff when they don’t think they are ever gonna see you again.’’

First single and open­ing track Life It­self is an im­mense in­tro­duc­tion to How To Be A Hu­man Be­ing.

There’s noth­ing straight for­ward about their songs – and quirky they might be but their in­ven­tive­ness is never ir­ri­tat­ing.

Their mu­sic skil­fully blends hip-hop and soul in­flu­ences with­big bouncy ex­otic in­die pop.

It’s a win­ning com­bi­na­tion – Youth, Take A Slice and Agnes – are all de­li­ciously dif­fer­ent but all hit the sweet spot.

These boys are a very smart out­fit. To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. What coun­try did Dave Bay­ley grow up in? En­tries to, An­i­mals, Nigel Thorn­ton, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Septem­ber 9.

Glass An­i­mals

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