It’s still to be seen whether Glass Animals‘ signing to Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label will turn out, but in the meantime, it’s impossible to note the increased stature and attention the band has faced. The British act first caught my eye with the beatific “Cocoa Hooves” and have continued to hone their R&B-leaning pop compositions in the year and a half since. Most indicative of the new label is “Gooey”, a crisp, efficient arrangement that has garnered quite a bit of attention over the past few weeks. This week, the band is playing numerous dates at SXSW, including one at the vaunted Fader Fort. Despite all the hype surrounding the band and their upcoming American dates, this remix still comes as a surprise to this listener. It’s not like the song falls so far outside of Kingdom’s go-to sound palette, but culturally, it seems a far stretch from the Fade To Mind don’s regular remix subjects. Regardless, the cluttering hip hop refix adds the exact edge the original needed. The remix will appear on the Gooey EP, out April 8 on Harvest Records.
Glass Animals are an Oxford-based band toeing the line between obsequious psychedelia and pop mastery. Frontman, vocalist and neuroscientist David Bayley likes frolicking in the forest and pretending to hunt mythical creatures. Their debut EP, Leaflings (out now on Kaya Kaya Records) is an exhibition in R&B hook writing, wonky subject matter and focused beat work. EP opener “Golden Antlers” is a throbbing track about vampires (unless I’m missing something) with some tasteful wobble bass for good measure. Standout “Cocoa Hooves” is the most pop-oriented song on the EP and its “Spanish Sahara”-esque guitars and almost overpowering hook make it unavoidably infectious. Leaflings came out back in June, but we missed it then and vinyl pressings come out this week so why not celebrate a great release? Stream below and order yourself some vinyl here.