Our first volume of The Brunette Bandit Spotlight Series is Glass Animals. No, not the collected menagerie of glass trinkets you so proudly displayed on your desk as a child, but the Oxford based band Glass Animals. If you've been tuning in to alternative radio stations recently, you may have been treated to their most popular single, Gooey, as you braved the anarchy of a rush hour commute. If so, you probably would recognize the distinctive sounds that makes Glass Animals such a standout but, if not, let me introduce you.
WHO IS THIS ADORABLY NAMED BAND?
Glass Animals was formed in Oxford in 2012 by the same four childhood pals that comprise the group today: Dave Bayley, Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward. They've built their music around a decidedly eclectic (yet completely otherworldly) hybrid of electronic and alternative music. In fact, for a world where often vacuous, fluffy lyrics riddle songs that inhabit the airwaves, their entire music composition process is decidedly otherworldly. Why is this so? Well, in the way Glass Animals composes its albums, music comes first and lyrics are mixed in later to fit the mood, tempo, and rhythm. The result of this wonderfully inverted method is an often nonsensical yet endearing composition that leaves us with phrases such as "peanut butter vibes" (Gooey) and "funny nose dripping little groans" (Flip).
TAKE A LOOK...
... AND A LISTEN
- Black Mambo
- Cocoa Hooves