Glass Animals review – UK pop band get lost in American dreams | Music

“I’m not legally allowed to throw these any extra,” says a remorseful Dave Bayley to a roar of disenchanted boos. Glass Animals’ lead singer weighs up a pineapple in one hand. “It could knock you out!” Because the four-piece band launches into the traditionally pineapple toss-inducing Pork Soda, their lead singer cautiously slips it into the entrance row.

The authorized repercussions of fruit fights has been a latest consideration for the band. Shaped in Oxford in 2010 and, quickly after, signed by Adele’s producer, the quartet of childhood associates have gone from being indie membership night time staples in the UK to talkshow regulars in the US. With their third album Dreamland, Glass Animals’ hallucinogenic synth-pop has subtly shifted gear, relying extra on conversational rap vocals from Bayley and the kind of tropical hip-hop manufacturing that has been ubiquitous in pop since Drake dropped Hotline Bling in 2015.

On stage, the band’s Dreamland is represented as a pastiche concept of America. Neon indicators studying Lodge and Pool blare their mild to the beat, whereas a pair of tennis footwear dangle off an outsized basketball hoop. Chain bouncing off his crimson sports activities shirt, Bayley conducts these light-up, Americana signifiers with glee, flanked by his extra cautious, stationary bandmates.

A crowd more than enthusiastic to sing along ... Glass Animals.
A crowd greater than enthusiastic to sing alongside … Glass Animals. {Photograph}: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns

Performed dwell, Dreamland’s songs slip and slide right into a gelatinous mix of synth-pop, early 2000s R&B and poolside hip-hop. There’s little to distinguish the band’s latest tracks, particularly when Bayley’s voice – which, on document, strikes with clean cadence – often fights to be heard in opposition to a rush of crescendo bass and a crowd greater than enthusiastic to sing alongside.

It’s the earworms that reduce via the wavy sonic homogeneity. Throwing his head again to The Other Side of Paradise’s opening woofs, Bayley pulls at his shirt with melodramatic depth, whereas Tokyo Drifting’s entice beat will get a short-lived mosh pit going below bloody crimson lights. Lastly letting free, the band shut their set with a sweaty rendition of Heat Waves (a slow-burn High 5 hit after a yr in the High 40). “You may’t battle it / You may’t breathe,” croons Bayley, hair plastered to his brow. Because the Barrowland Ballroom’s doorways fog with condensation, Glass Animals have actually introduced the warmth to their first dwell present in almost two years.

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