When I went on holiday I was always struggling to spend my holiday money on something. My parents couldn’t afford a foreign jaunt on my fathers mechanic’s salary, so my Great Aunt paid for a holiday cottage on the Lincolnshire coast, on the proviso that she came. She also threw us a couple of quid towards the Holiday money, which in reality only added to the confusion. You see, Sheringham wasn’t really a hive of activity, shopping wise. But there was a certain amount of gifts that seemed to be impossibly alluring on those Summer holidays. Snowstorms, Paper weights, and Glass Animals.
Glass animals, Dave Bayley, Drew Macfarlane, Edmund Irwin Singer, Joe Seaward, followed up their debut single ‘Leaflings’ EP, they’ve been locked away in Oxfordshire, in a forest, writing new material. The fruits of that period of relative solitude have come in the shape of a new AA-sided single ‘Black Mambo / Exxus’. To be released in June, the single will be the first on super-producer (well, Adele and Azelia Banks for a start) Paul Epworth’s brand new label Wolf Tone.
Black Mambo is this sort of androgynous sounding electro-pop. It has this icy indifference about it, metallic sounding drums and bleeps fall like raindrops down over the music. What makes the track is the warmth of this bass sound that swims along almost constantly underneath the whole thing. This colliding of the cold and the warm is, frankly, something I can’t (or couldn’t) resist.
Glass Animals have been honing their live show with support slots with big hitters Chromatics and Yeasayer, as well as a bunch of festival appearances throughout Europe. They’re off out again for some headline spots, and it might be well worth trying to catch them. I’ve a feeling these Glass Animals aren’t going to be gathering dust on my shelf…..
16th May The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
5th June Berghain, Berlin, Germany
19th June Electrowerkz, London, UK
20th June Louisiana, Bristol, UK
21st June Trof Fallowfield, Manchester
18th July Melt Festival, Germany
2nd August Off Festival, Poland