Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Psychedelic/Space Rock, Alternative/Indie, Electronic | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Caroline | Autor: WS

The title of Glass Animals' debut album comes from the children's story "The Zabajaba Jungle" by William Steig, in which one travels through a wondrous fantasy world. Similarly imaginative is the sound of this band. It can hardly be put into a drawer. Is that indie or electro or psychedelic? It starts with the decelerated song "Flip", which reminds a little bit of artful pieces by Godley & Creme, but here lasciviously sung by a woman. "Black Mambo" and "Walla Walla" are also slightly throttled in tempo and offer somewhat less mannered and electronic Yello-like song qualities. "Fools" and "Gooey" sound with all kinds of percussion and birdsong actually like a live broadcast from the Zabajaba Jungle. The lounge cosmos of Morcheeba is very close. R'n'BFlair creeps in every now and then, like in "Hazey", which is spoken with a rough voice. It is a lot of fun to discover this album full of smoother sounds and moods and with love for detail, sensitive timbres and excellent vocal arrangements.

Top track: Black Mambo

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