Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
Like a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Glass Animals’ debut Zaba was a fruit salad-coloured melting pot of fizzing percussion, popping synths and tempting vocals that was not only interesting to listen to but horrendously fun.
Every track was an earworm created from the contents of a test tube, designed purely to get the feet shuffling and those hips twitching. It was so specific a style, however, that it is nigh-on impossible to imagine the Oxford foursome doing anything else. Fortunately, we don’t have to; How to Be a Human Being is arguably yet more effervescent than its predecessor.
A student of hip-hop, Dave Bayley's lyrics are welcomingly pretension-free, perfectly capturing the absurdity of life for a high proportion of western millennials. Exercise in self-examination Life Itself proves something of a confessional ('I can’t get a job, but I live with my Mum / I take her money but not quite enough') – an unlikely peak in an album that's all about highs and infectious fun.