New Album Review

New Releases by Glass Animals

It’s been four years since the release of How To Be A Human Being, Glass Animals’ second album, and the band has announced the release of the third album titled Dreamland coming on July 10, 2020. Glass Animals is a British alternative rock band, which are heavily influenced by R&B and electronic music. They are known for their energetic and immersive live performances and their unique music style unlike any other artist out there.

The band has released multiple tracks this year in anticipation of the upcoming album, including a single from the upcoming album, “Dreamland.” The track is kind of a table of contents to the album, and the track’s lyrics describe why the album was created and the theme of it; it’s also very beautiful instrumentally. The album was created following an accident in 2018 where drummer Joe Seaward was struck by a truck while biking. Frontman Dave Bayley began then reflecting heavily on his life with Joe, his best friend and all the memories they’d shared. Dreamland goes into depth about the unknowns and uncertainty we all face while amidst the pandemic and highlights the memories of the band and the band members themselves. The album is available for pre-order now and will be available on streaming platforms July 10th.

Dave Bayley also released two singles in the EP Quarantine Covers in which he covered Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” and Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful.” Both tracks are definitely great homages to the originals and I’d recommend checking them out; “Heart-Shaped Box” specifically has lovely, soft vocals and light instrumentals. The covers are well done and definitely reflect the band’s style.

Dreamland’s release is sure to be emotional especially following Seaward’s miraculous recovery and a focus on the uncertainty in the air that all of us share based on the current situation. With a shared love of musical expression, Glass Animals will focus these issues into what will hopefully be another amazing album.

– Miranda

By Miranda

I am a senior in Political Science at NC State and lover of R&B, rap, international, and electronic.