Glass Animals: Pools
The past few months (rather years) have seen a high concentration of planes, trains and automobiles. This Jack Kerouac-adopted lifestyle has been the theme of my life for... well since I can remember. For me, it seems that the scenery of travelling is brought to life by the music accompanying it. Lately, Texas and California have been abundant and very present places in my life; thus, songs that represent the climate, landscape and mood have been on constant rotation. These various modes of transportation have inspired a new wave of 'Jinja' artists (aka anything with a tropicali/minimalistic/warm and fuzzy feeling).
Yes, I made this genre up.
Glass Animals is a band I came across when scouring the many 'bands to see' lists for this year's SXSW. The Oxford quartet has been working on their upcoming album 'Zaba' (Out May 10th via Harvest Records), and slowly releasing songs like "Pools" along the way.
"Pools" is the kind of song that for a second, transports you to the warm tropical climate of the jungle. And it all makes sense after reading about the inspiration behind the album:
"The album was inspired by Bayley’s favorite childhood story of 'adventure, exoticism, and discovery,' William Steig’s The Zabajaba Jungle, as well as New World scenarios of Apocalypse Now, The Island of Dr Moreau, Heart of Darkness, The African Queen, and Mosquito Coast.“ - Consequence of Sound