Mint Music #133 : Mercury Nominated Glass Animals

Glass Animals ‘How To Be A Human Being’ is one of three Caroline albums nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize; alongside The Big Moon and Kate Tempest

The band hail from Oxford and this, their second album, is a colourful collage inspired by stories that frontman David Bayley secretly recorded on his iPhone: anecdotes from fans, taxi drivers and random strangers who felt compelled to unload. Eclectic yet easy listening, its songs resemble slick rap and R&B, after being deconstructed and glued back together with Pritt Stick and bodily fluids. Their beats ooze and groove awkwardly. Even the breezy notion of getting high turns into a gross, gooey situation: “My girl eats mayonnaise from a jar when she’s gettin’ blazed,” Bayley sings on Season 2 Episode 3, a quirky, 8-bit slow jam.

Label : Caroline / Wolf Tone | Publisher : Beggars

Life Itself (listen at 1:26) – youth / determined / beats / reflective / other-worldly / self-assured
Youth (listen at 1:00/2:06 – you’ll be happy all the time) – ohs ahs and ba ba bas / male vocal / Jungle vibe / happy / Wild Beasts vibe / freedom / friendship / harmonies
Mama’s Gun (1:06 other-worldly / 2:28 – dreamy) – flute / dreamy intro / other worldly / male vocal / whispered / ohs ahs and ba ba bas
Cane Shuga (0:57/1:59 in hip hop vibe) – electronic beats / quirky intro / technology / male vocal / hip hop vibe
The Other Side of Paradise – wonky / quirky / electronic / ohs ahs and ba ba bas / hidden gem / hip hop vibe / dreams / lost love / male vocal