Glass Animals - 'Zaba'

Intelligent but heartfelt tropical indie from the Oxford quartet

  • Release Date 09 Jun, 2014
  • Record Label Wolf Tone
8 / 10
Oxford four-piece Glass Animals are signed to super-producer Paul Epworth's new label Wolf Tone – which, given his talent-spotting track record with Adele and Florence + The Machine, says something for their commercial appeal, sitting as they do directly between Alt-J, Wild Beasts and 'In Rainbows'-era Radiohead. That singer Dave Bayley is a qualified doctor perhaps explains their brainiac aesthetic, all intricate beats and time signatures, but their songs have heart to go with the giant brain. 'Black Mambo' is straight-up sexy R&B, 'Pools' is an immediate blast of tropical rhythm, and recent single 'Gooey' shimmies and slides along magnificently. Best of all is pleading love song 'Hazey' and its east-meets-west instrumentation. An assured debut.

Andy Welch

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