How to be a Human Being

To finish off the week, I dive into the second album for Glass Animals. Now I will admit the first is an all-time favorite and a classic, but I was pleasantly surprised with the work they made for their second album. They brought new music out not too long after their first album that gave them their rise to stardom. The album is titled, ‘How to be a Human Being’. The album has 11 beautifully crafted songs that start to share a more acoustic sound than the synth pop they had in the previous album. I like the new sound and can still appreciate the old sound as well. When looking at the new songs they have listed they touch on several different emotions throughout. One of the songs that really stood out to me in this album was, ‘Agnes’. Written and sang by Dave from their group, it’s about being friends with someone who has struggled with drug addiction. Now I don’t personally relate to the song in that aspect but the song sympathizes for the abuser and wants to see them get better. I think it can sound a lot darker than it really is. The song is hopeful that Dave can help this person and wants to take this person back to a place before the addiction and make things right again. It’s beautifully made and the line right before the chorus erupts says, “I wanna hold you like your mine” and that always sticks with me when I hear it. It’s the sound of comfort and love and that’s what people really want.   Lyrics:...

ZABA

After listening to Flume last week and stumbling upon the song with the feature of Dave from Glass Animals, there’s no way I can’t talk about how much I love Glass Animals now! They have two albums currently out in which I want to break them down. Glass Animals has a unique sound that mixes together different genres together, which I think is what really appeals to me. They are considered, ‘synth pop’, as well as indie music with a touch of hip hop according to their band bio. Synth pop is most definitely an accurate description to their sound at broad.   Their first album is called, ZABA. It was released as a full album in 2014 after releasing singles to promote this album. This album contains their most popular song, Gooey. My personal favorite song they have is, Pools. This was the song that made me realized I liked their funky sound. I not only heard the song originally but saw the music video. The music video is something out of an Alice in Wonderland movie and contains constantly moving and extremely vivid colors and claymation. This struck me as something super bizarre because claymation isn’t something you see very often now. I think the music video accurately depicts who they are a band as well. The modernized trippy images you see explain the sound and the calming music they want to display.  ...